Ben Spies' miserable year in MotoGP continues without let up. The Texan damaged his shoulder in a crash during the race at Sepang on Sunday, and has been forced to miss the upcoming Australian round of MotoGP at Phillip Island.
The damage was caused when Spies suffered a massive highside going into Turn 1 in the very wet conditions at the Sepang circuit. Spies fell heavily on his shoulder, and was taken to the medical center for treatment. Spies suffered a separated shoulder in the crash, and will return to the US on Tuesday for treatment on the shoulder.
Because the Phillip Island round of MotoGP is this weekend, Yamaha will not have time to field a replacement. The recovery period for an AC shoulder separation is anywhere between three and eight weeks, depending on the severity of the injury, so there is a very good chance the Texan will return at the Valencia round. It will be important for Spies to be there, as the first official test of the season takes place two days later, and Spies will want to get as much time as possible on the Ducati he will be riding in 2013.
Below is the official press release from Yamaha on Spies' injury:
Ben Spies to Miss Phillip Island
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), 22nd October 2012
Yamaha Factory Racing rider Ben Spies will not attend the Grand Prix of Australia at the Phillip Island circuit this weekend following injuries sustained during the Grand Prix of Malaysia on Sunday 21st October.
Spies fell whilst riding in extremely challenging wet conditions at the Sepang International Circuit. An initial check by the trackside medical centre found no serious injuries however further tests conducted today in Kuala Lumpur have revealed injuries requiring surgery.
The Texan will return to the USA tomorrow, Tuesday 23rd October, to receive treatment for an AC shoulder separation, a cracked rib in the upper chest area and bruising to the lung.
Yamaha Factory Racing will not field a replacement rider at Phillip Island due to time constraints.
Yamaha Factory Racing Rider
"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".