that is a very interesting observation about Spies, you may be right though, the fight between them two would have been great.Don't think ducati haven't already made him a very lucrative offer. Not only is their season and best chance for a championship in the dumps, another small italian factory is kicking their butts and i'm sure that's killing them.
Hope he comes back. He's one of my favorite superbike riders and seems genuinely a cool, laidback guy. Very humble. Had he been in wsbk last year, i think spies would still be in wsbk today.