MotoGP » Double shoulder surgery for Ben Spies

"The intervention was intended to repair a fifth-degree dislocation of the left shoulder and to remove scar tissue from the right shoulder"

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paul joiner

August 23, 2013 7:27 PM
Last Edited 905 days ago

I think there comes a time in every athletes life where they must take that hard step to decide to either continue being mediocre as they age or try to come back from injury or quit. It can be a hard decision if youre used to winning, just ask federrer, schumacher, owen,the list goes on. In a sport like Motorbike racing at this level I think the choice can be easily made when one has suffered such calamity and misfortune. He has enjoyed a successful career in AMA and in WSBK and I think he can and should walk away now while he would be remembered in a positive light as opposed to hanging around hoping to be top ten on a non competitive bike.

paul joiner

August 23, 2013 7:34 PM
Last Edited 905 days ago

I am American by the way and unfortunately have seen too many athletes hang on past their prime hoping for that one big payday, last shot at glory, hoping in vain for career resurrection. John Hopkins came closest but even he had to accept the reality of when it was over.


August 23, 2013 7:39 PM

no disrespect but enough is enough already ! if you try to come back then your just stupid! move on ,its over give the seat to the next rider who should have that chance,dont be a fool this aint AMA .goodbye and goodluck


August 23, 2013 8:15 PM

Something that should have been so much better. Hey, WSBK champion in your first year. Not many riders can say that. Too injured in my opinion to continue. Top bloke who should get out before any more injuries. Set up a pro cycling team and move on. Actually, only Ben knows what he should do next. Best of luck.


August 23, 2013 9:35 PM

I always thought that Ben may have been pushed too soon into GP, BUT, enough already. Just bad luck and I truly feel for him. I hope he returns soon. Doubt this year. First Yamaha total disrespect for him and now this. So sorry for him. Get better soon Ben.


August 23, 2013 10:29 PM

A shoulder separation is a slow healing injury and if, as it states, it is a grade 5 separation that is pretty serious given there are only 6 grades of shoulder separation with 6 being the worst. It would be hard to see him back in any kind of fighting form this season.


August 24, 2013 1:40 AM

This is so unfortunate to see. I was just reading about Ben on Wikipedia and had forgotten some of his massive accomplishments, beating Matt Mladin twice and winning the AMA SBK title 3 consecutive years being at the top of the list. If that wasn't impressive enough, we all remember WSBK in '09. Come home to the good old USA Ben and enjoy racing year that is.

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