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Indianapolis MotoGP: Spies: I want to come back at 100 per cent

"It was just a silly mistake... and it cost me a pretty good injury" - Ben Spies.
Ben Spies insists he won't rush his return to MotoGP competition as he faces another protracted lay-off through injury.

The American, who has started just two races for Pramac Ducati this season because of ongoing injury woes, was in the midst of his comeback event at Indianapolis when a fall during free practice saw him dislocate his left shoulder.

Having already spent months in recuperation from a right shoulder injury, the ailment is a bitter blow for a rider that hasn't competed at full fitness for almost a year now.

Despite this new frustration, Spies won't put a date on a potential return and though he doesn't expect to be sat on the sidelines for as long on this occasion, he says he won't return until he is back at 100 per cent once again.

“I didn't get too much sleep last night, as my shoulder's a little painful since I didn't take much pain medicine yesterday,” he said. “Now I'll rest up for the next couple days. I fly back to Dallas on Monday, and on Tuesday I'll see with my doctor if I need surgery or not, and also make sure my wrist is okay.

“I'll try to come back as soon as possible, but I also want to come back at 100%. There's no reason for me to rush back just to fill the grid, but definitely this injury is nothing like the right shoulder; the pain is very bad right now, but the healing process won't be anything near as long as the other one — I know that for sure.

“We just need to do the right things, follow the doctors' orders again, and rehab. This injury won't even affect me in a few months, but I need to do the right things the right way.”

Spies also spoke more about what caused the highside accident, shortly after he had left the pits during Saturday morning practice.

“It was a lot more my fault than anything. The way a lot of the [traction control] systems work, when you're in first gear, the systems don't work. Usually when you come out of the pits, you hit second gear, but this track is unique, and you stay in first gear until you're out of Turn 4.

“If I had been riding the bike through the season, it would have been something in my head that I would have known or maybe taken more cautiously. It was definitely more my fault than anything else. The speed I was going was a speed that this should not have happened. It doesn't matter how it happened; the result is what it is.

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Jim Clausen

August 19, 2013 2:39 AM

I don't know what's become of you, but you're not the Ben Spies who won 3 AMA Superbike championships and took the WSBK title on your first time out. I find it difficult to believe Moto GP is beyond your skill level. I think the problem resides inside the helmet.


August 19, 2013 12:52 PM

Dacron, Strex, His injury isn't a broken bone or a pulled muscle. Its a dislocation of the collar bone. It involves the tearing of a good deal of soft tisuue leaving the bone displaced rather than broken. Its not a ball and socket joint so you cannot just pop it back in. A broken bone is far easier to deal with i.e. it can be pinned and plated and you are back in the saddle (with pain relief). Unfortunately the soft tissue damage needs time for the shoulder to actually function. How do I know this stuff? Dislocated mine racing at Snetterton a few years back. Have also broken bones racing so I can compare the two. Suggest you get off his case from a medical perspective, but difficult to judge where he is mentally and as a rider.

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