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Ben Spies returns to MotoAmerica as team principal of Rahal Ducati

Graham Rahal and his father Bobby will field a two-rider team with Xpel-sponsored Ducatis in the MotoAmerica Supersport 2024 championship

Graham Rahal and his padre Bobby will field a two-rider team with Xpel-sponsored Ducatis in the 2024 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship.

This would not be news if it were not for the fact that the team manager of the initiative is none other than Ben Spies.  The popular 'Elbowz', 2009 World Superbike Champion with Yamaha and 5-time Ama Champion thus rejoins Wayne Rainey's paddock although not as a rider. As you may recall Spies also raced in MotoGP from 2010 to 2013, after a couple of wildcards in 2008 and 2009, first with Yamaha and then with Ducati and retired due to unresolvable shoulder problems.

He won his only Grand Prix in 2011, at Assen, Holland, then took a total of 6 podiums. Best finish ìin MotoGP was 5th overall in 2011 behind Stoner, Lorenzo, Dovizioso and Pedrosa.

"I'm really very excited - Spies admitted - I was called a couple of months ago and asked if I wanted to put my knowledge to work on the project. Obviously bringing the Rahal name into our sport, moreover together with Ducati, is the ultimate. MotoAmerica has grown exponentially in the last few seasons, and with the involvement of the Rahal family there will always be more fans"

Graham Rahal has been part of the auto racing world since before he was born but the six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES race winner is branching out to the two-wheel racing world with the creation of Rahal Ducati Moto, a two-bike team with his father, 1986 Indy 500 and three-time INDYCAR champion, Bobby, that will compete in the Supersport class of MotoAmerica, North America’s premiere motorcycle road racing series. The riders of the two Ducati Panigale V2s will be announced at a later date.

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