Ben Spies, former World, AMA Superbike Champion and MotoGP rider is to make a racing comeback…in enduro.
The Texan has been teasing with clips of himself riding KTM 300 EXC for months, posting images of riding kit, cryptic messages and generally having a game via social media.
But instead of announcing a comeback to road racing, Spies has announced a comeback to riding on the dirt in the 2018 Kenda AMA National Enduro Championship as well as selected Full Gas National Sprint races.
Many thought Spies was building to a comeback in AMA Superbike, with rumours linking him with Ducati American ride among others.
But with so many social media posts of Ben out riding his KTM 300 EXC most couldn’t see the woods for the trees, thinking he was just using the EXC as a training regime.
Spies retired from MotoGP in 2013 after a debilitating injury to his shoulder left him with, at best, 70 per cent strength.
It seems riding dirt bikes is good for your shoulders with the 33-year-old claiming the strength is good enough to race two-day events.
The Texan will contest the Pro-2 class in the National Enduro series slotting between the Expert-AA and Pro-1 classes. Spies will run his own team KTM 300 EXCs.
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