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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.