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Ben Spies pulls outs of Italian MotoGP

"Unfortunately yesterday's free practice sessions highlighted the muscular problems still afflicting Ben Spies"
Ben Spies has withdrawn from the remainder of this weekend's Italian MotoGP.

After missing the past two rounds to undergo further rehabilitation on his healing shoulder, the Texan returned to action on Friday at Mugello, when he was 16th fastest.

The following statement was then released by the Pramac Ducati team on Saturday morning:

“Unfortunately yesterday's free practice sessions highlighted the muscular problems still afflicting Ben Spies.

“The intense rehabilitation activities which the Texan has undergone in the last 4 weeks have brought about a clear improvement but it still not sufficient for Spies to demonstrate his true potential on the track.

“After an analysis of the situation, the Pramac Racing Team, Ducati Corse and the rider have taken the mutual decision to continue rehabilitation and physiotherapy and to interrupt all track activities to allow Ben to complete his total physical recovery.

“In the next few days Ben Spies will undergo further medical checks in order to have a clearer appraisal of the situation and evaluate the treatment to be followed for full recovery.”

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A mans choice - Unregistered

June 01, 2013 8:58 AM

Look I know it's a hard pill to swallow for us fans, but just imagine how much it must suck for Ben!! Hang in there man this is a long injury to be fully healed from. It will take some time. I'm pulling for you and we all expect you to be back in full form for the second half of the season spies. Good luck and god bless.

Jerginz - Unregistered

June 01, 2013 9:22 AM

The easy thing to do is slag spies off and say he's done. And it makes complete sense after the year and some he's had and is surely the easy way out. But I kid you not, he is far from over in the premier class. He's on a relatively uncompetitive bike and he is FAR from healthy but let us not forget he's a former race winner which means he's done something right. He has my support and many people don't realize an injury like this is going to take 6+ months to heal and be fully fit from. So hate if you want but he will be back. I'm calling it here and now

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