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Further checks for Ben Spies

"Only after these checks... will it be possible to have a clearer indication regarding the Texan rider's imminent return" - Pramac Ducati.
Ben Spies, absent from this weekend's Spanish MotoGP, is to undergo further medical checks on his healing shoulder.

The former WSBK champion and MotoGP race winner, who underwent major shoulder surgery after an accident in last October's Malaysian Grand Prix and suffered related muscle problems in Austin, is aiming to return for the French round later this month.

However the wording of the Pramac statement suggests this will depend on the outcome of the latest tests.

"On Monday, 6 May, Ben Spies will undergo further medical checks on his physical condition following the problem with a pectoral muscle he suffered during the warm-up session at the Austin GP," said the team statement.

"Only after these checks and subsequent diagnosis have been carried out will it be possible to have a clearer indication regarding the Texan rider's imminent return to the championship.

"The Ignite Pramac Racing Team rider is now spending five days a week doing three or more hours in rehab and an additional two hours of cardio work. His pectoral muscle is still less than perfect, but it is already possible to see some improvement in rotation and movement."




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SP - Unregistered

May 03, 2013 6:54 PM

Ben Spies is missing the race through injury. I guess he was not really fit for Austin last time out, but felt he could not miss his home race. We see riders racing with broken bones quite often but I am aware that a shoulder injury can be horrendous. If you have not ridden a grand prix bike you cannot understand just how much strain is put on your upper body. A broken leg can be screwed, it can be plated, it can be immobilised. But with a muscle injury, a torn ligament, there is nothing you can do. If you do not rest an injury like that it could end his season. He has to let it heal. He will be missing but it should be a great race. Steve Parrish



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