Yamaha Factory Racing rider sustains multiple injuries and requires surgery

Ben Spies will not race in round 17 of this year’s MotoGP World Championship after the American crashed heavily at the Sepang round yesterday (Sunday 21st October) and sustained multiple injuries including a dislocated shoulder that will require surgery. The Yamaha Factory Racing rider will return to the USA tomorrow to begin receiving treatment for his injuries that also include a a cracked rib in the upper chest area and bruising to the lung.

I'm lost for words. We've had such a tough season with an unbelievable amount of bad luck.

Ben Spies


Spies fell heavily after high-siding his YZR-M1 in extremely challenging wet conditions at the Sepang International Circuit that saw a raft of other riders falling during the race that was eventually red flagged because of the atrocious weather conditions. Following an initial check by the trackside medical centre, no serious injuries were detected however when further tests were conducted in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur, Spies’ injuries were found and was told that he would require surgery.

The American had no choice but to withdraw from action at the upcoming Grand Prix in Australia and his team have announced that they will not field a replacement rider at Phillip Island due to time constraints. Spies’ season has gone from bad to worse with the American not achieving any podium finishes this year despite a win at the Assen circuit in Holland. Spies took the decision to leave the Yamaha factory team at the end of this year and will join the Pramac Racing squad in 2013.

Speaking after the announcement of his injuries, Spies said, “I'm lost for words. We've had such a tough season with an unbelievable amount of bad luck. We have always gone out there to give it 100% and it was the intention of both myself and my team to continue to do so at Phillip Island. I took a really hard knock on Sunday and it's now clear from today's tests that I have some injuries that require immediate attention.

It's disappointing to be heading back to the USA now instead of to Phillip Island but it's obviously important to get the right treatment as soon as possible. I'm sorry for my team and thankful for all the hard work they and Yamaha have put in so far; our current situation is not where we should be.” Spies added.