An incident packed Malaysian MotoGP came to a painful end for Ben Spies, when he highsided from his Factory Yamaha on lap nine of the red-flagged race.

The Texan was fortunate to avoid Andrea Dovizioso when the Italian slid sideways at the start and later had a close moment with countryman Nicky Hayden.

All of which left Spies down in tenth place, but starting to pick up his pace, when he was suddenly pitched into the air, sustaining a hard knock to his shoulder as he landed.

"What a shocking race, the water on the track was incredible," said Spies.

"I'm really sorry for rubbing into Nicky, I thought I had enough space to brake; I'm relieved we didn't go down together and he was ok.

"It was a close one at the start as well, Dovi spun off the line and we were lucky not to make contact.

"That was one of the wettest races I've had in a long time.

"My shoulder's really sore from the fall but thankfully nothing too serious so I'll be able to ride in Australia."

The race was later stopped on lap 14 and the results taken from the end of lap 13.

Free practice for the Australian MotoGP starts on Friday.