Ben Spies To Miss Australian MotoGP Round Due To Shoulder Injury

Ben Spies' miserable year in MotoGP continues without let up. The Texan damaged his shoulder in a crash during the race at Sepang on Sunday, and has been forced to miss the upcoming Australian round of MotoGP at Phillip Island.

The damage was caused when Spies suffered a massive highside going into Turn 1 in the very wet conditions at the Sepang circuit. Spies fell heavily on his shoulder, and was taken to the medical center for treatment. Spies suffered a separated shoulder in the crash, and will return to the US on Tuesday for treatment on the shoulder.

Because the Phillip Island round of MotoGP is this weekend, Yamaha will not have time to field a replacement. The recovery period for an AC shoulder separation is anywhere between three and eight weeks, depending on the severity of the injury, so there is a very good chance the Texan will return at the Valencia round. It will be important for Spies to be there, as the first official test of the season takes place two days later, and Spies will want to get as much time as possible on the Ducati he will be riding in 2013.

Below is the official press release from Yamaha on Spies' injury:

Ben Spies to Miss Phillip Island

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), 22nd October 2012

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Ben Spies will not attend the Grand Prix of Australia at the Phillip Island circuit this weekend following injuries sustained during the Grand Prix of Malaysia on Sunday 21st October.

Spies fell whilst riding in extremely challenging wet conditions at the Sepang International Circuit. An initial check by the trackside medical centre found no serious injuries however further tests conducted today in Kuala Lumpur have revealed injuries requiring surgery.

The Texan will return to the USA tomorrow, Tuesday 23rd October, to receive treatment for an AC shoulder separation, a cracked rib in the upper chest area and bruising to the lung.

Yamaha Factory Racing will not field a replacement rider at Phillip Island due to time constraints.

Ben Spies

Yamaha Factory Racing Rider

"I'm lost for words. We've had such a tough season with an unbelievable amount of bad luck. We have always gone out there to give it 100% and it was the intention of both myself and my team to continue to do so at Phillip Island.

I took a really hard knock on Sunday and it's now clear from today's tests that I have some injuries that require immediate attention.

It's disappointing to be heading back to the USA now instead of to Phillip Island but it's obviously important to get the right treatment as soon as possible.

I'm sorry for my team and thankful for all the hard work they and Yamaha have put in so far; our current situation is not where we should be".

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That has been the watchword for his 2012 season. Speedy recovery and hope to see him on the Ducati in Valencia testing. He's a far better talent and racer than 2012 suggests.

This is too bad. A bad year for a super talented guy. I would love Yamaha to give Hafizh Syahrin a shot on the bike, especially after seeing his performance last sunday!

Hopefully Ben (and we) can look back on 2012 and laugh about it in time. I can't remember a worse season for a top-10 regular in Motogp. Best of luck and come back soon

Hard to believe how bad Ben Spies season has gone,its just problem after problem. On this occasion its just bad luck to crash and get injured,but some of the failures Ben has had to endure with the bike,seems to me beyond bad luck.
I cant imagine for a second that Jorge Lorenzo`s bike would be allowed to give so many problems,many heads would roll if it did !
Ben did Tweet earlier in season that someone in Yamaha told him `not to turn up at the next race unless he was going to give 100%`So obviously things aren't what they should be within the team. Hopefully Spies will elaborate on this after his contract with Yamaha expires.
If i exclude Rossi (we dont know what level he is at now) i would rate Spies as potentially the 4th best rider in Motogp,its such a shame that this season has gone so wrong for him.
Just hope Ducati has gained enough data and knowledge to build a far more competitive bike for next season for all their riders.

I felt like this was going to happen at some point. Yamaha seemed thorougly disgusted with him this season. It seemed like he was getting the same consideration that Nicky Hayden got from Honda in 2007, meaning none whatsoever. I do not know what happened behind the scenes. I really hope someone finds out, but this season did not reflect how good a race Ben Spies is. The only rider in YEARS to win a race in the dry and outright beat all the Aliens, set pole position on a Satellite bike, and beat the Factory riders at Indy a couple of years back. With all the failures that have happened to his bike, it is no wonder he seems to have no confidence.

Hope he is able to get back on his feet next year. I for one am rooting for him.

I think he lost it psychologically and then it became self-fulfilling. He has never failed before and regardless of why, his failure has been spectacular this year. It's the same reason why i wonder if Vale will be able to win again. Two years of watching his name, reputation and belief in himself be destriyed, you have to wonder if they can ckaw back

To think Ben wanted to tuck tail and head to SBK was telling.

"The only rider in YEARS to win a race in the dry and outright beat all the Aliens,"

Not quite true, as Lorenzo was taken out on lap1 in that race at Assen. He did however cleanly beat Stoner and Rossi (albeit on a Ducati).