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Ben Spies sidelined by food poisoning

“I don't think I've ever been as sick as I was on the journey over here, I was nearly not allowed on the plane… I started to get tunnel vision on the straight and just felt it was too dangerous to be out there" - Ben Spies.
Ben Spies' first Japanese MotoGP as a Factory Yamaha rider got off to a 'shocking' start when he was forced to curtail Friday practice due to severe food poisoning, picked up en route from the USA.

Treatment at the Clinica Mobile on Thursday evening helped the Assen winner find enough strength for 18 laps in morning practice, where he finished in eighth, 0.9sec from the front.

But exhaustion then set in, resulting in an early end to the afternoon session after just five laps.

“What a shocking start to the weekend, I don't think I've ever been as sick as I was on the journey over here, I was nearly not allowed on the plane," said Spies. "I'm slowly getting my strength back thanks to the great guys at Clinica but didn't have enough to ride properly in the second session.

"I started to get tunnel vision on the straight and just felt it was too dangerous to be out there. I'm working with Clinica today and tomorrow and am sure things will be a bit better for qualifying and the race. I'm really sorry for my team and all the Japanese fans who came to watch today.”

Team director Massimo Meregalli is confident Spies will be in better shape for Saturday's track action.

“We are working together with Clinica Mobile and Ben's condition is getting better all the time," he said. "Yesterday he had some treatment and it helped him complete this morning's session. He thought he could also do the second but I think he used up all his energy in the first heat. We think tomorrow will be better and Sunday he will hopefully be ready for the race.”

Team-mate and reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo was fifth fastest during a Honda-dominated opening day.


Tagged as: Yamaha , Ben Spies

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Get a life - Unregistered

September 30, 2011 9:54 AM

p.s. Ben hope you get back to full fitness asap and sorry to hear that bl**dy food poisoning has put you off your game. However sure the last thing you need is fans like TDS talking rubbish on your behalf. best of luck mate

Leeroy - Unregistered

September 30, 2011 10:59 AM

That's a bit harsh on Stoner, unless you are saying he made it up. Food allergies are horrible especially when they come on suddenly (which they can), and before some numpty starts I have no allegiance to any rider aside from Chaz Davies as he's a fellow Welshy!! One question though, when did bike racing become like football and F1 with all this putting down of people? I much preferred the day’s pre internet, you would rock up at a race and got tanked up with a load of fellow bikers and had drunken conversations about who the best riders were, none of this horrible attitude towards the riders and fans.....



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