Ben Spies has undergone surgery on both his shoulders in Dallas yesterday. The Ignite Pramac rider had surgery to fix the acromioclavicular joint in his left shoulder he dislocated in a practice crash at Indianapolis.

Spies also had a minor procedure already scheduled for his previously injured right shoulder, to clean out scar tissue, according to a report in US publication Cycle News. The Texan posted a picture of himself after surgery on his Twitter page, announcing his surgery, but no official word has come from Ducati or Pramac just yet.

The bad news for Spies was that after further examination, Spies’ left shoulder was found to have suffered a grade five separation, or 100% dislocation, rather than the grade three previously diagnosed.

The surgery was required to fix the clavicle in place to allow the joint to heal faster. Recovery from such surgery is generally between six and twelve weeks, meaning that the earliest Spies could return would be Aragon.

Spies’ enforced absence will mean even more missed races. So far, the Texan has competed in just two of the ten races completed so far, and if he makes his return at Aragon, he will have missed a total of eleven of thirteen races.

Though Spies is still under contract to Ducati for 2014, such an extended absence could cause Ducati to reevaluate the situation. Spies will be replaced by Pirro at the next three races.

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

Source: Cycle News & Ben Spies (Twitter); Photo: © 2013 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

  • proudAmerican

    Poor Ben–last year his bike kept breaking. This year, it’s his body. I’m guessing Ducati will exercise an option to end his contract. After that, no one will want to gamble with hiring him.

  • Halfie30

    This is proof positive that Spies, Hayden, and Edwars need to go to WSBK on competitive machinery and give America one last hoorah on the world stage for a while…

  • Gutterslob

    Saddens me to say this, but I suspect the boy’s GP career might be over. Hope I’m wrong.

  • L2C

    Sad news.

  • buellracerx

    his career was over the second he swung a leg over that career-ending bike

  • Phil

    “This is proof positive that Spies, Hayden, and Edwars need to go to WSBK on competitive machinery and give America one last hoorah on the world stage for a while…”

    What the hell are you talking about!!! This isn’t the court of law or the FBI.

    Anything is possible but Ben’s career in MotoGP isn’t looking good. and most that jump on DucAudi’s seem to have committed Harakiri. I think Rossi has been more than lucky to get away with it, even though it appears to have dented his confidence.

    Looks like Ben’s run out of Luck for this season……..and last season…and…

  • kev71

    Have to agree Spies is wearing out his welcome in MotkoGP. He should not have even sigkned to ride this year knowing he was not near 100%. Seems a bit shady to me, reminds me of Hopkins signing to ride for John Ulrich knowing he wasn’t close to 100%. His character will be seriously questioned from now on. He’ll get no love from Yamaha and Honda views him as damaged goods and they have better talent they can sign. If Ducati gives him the boot, which they should, he’ll be left with an even less competitive bike to ride.
    Of course some will say, “what about Suzuki?” They would be crazy to sign him. Some also like the Suzuki ride to Hopkins as well. Again, this would be a disaster! They’d get a lot of crash data but. That’s about all.

  • Breaking news! We are getting unconfirmed reports that a surgeon has advised one of his patients that he DID NOT NEED SURGERY! If this is true, it will be the first time in modern history that a surgeon did not supplant his personal desire for a newer car or larger home with the actual best interest of his patient.
    Alas, this mythical man does not treat anyone in MotoGP.

    It is a fact that so much surgery is performed on patients who would be much better served with ice, rest, and physical therapy. I don’t know if that’s the case in this case, but it’s not NEVER the case! It’s ridiculous, but in what other field than medicine is the salesman given so much trust? and in what other field is that trust so misplaced, or the results so severe?

  • benji

    Ben crashes more than my 8 year old laptop. Doesn’t matter what he’s riding. And he keeps saying ‘I wont come back till I’m 100%’ Sorry Ben, but at this level, you can’t be a pussy like that. Have a look around you at what other riders, not necessarily top level riders, do to keep their privileged place at the top level, riding while injured. You’re acting as if you can afford the time off – you can’t. WAKE UP.

  • Kaw4Life

    MrX – Not even close to true, I have been told that many times. To date I have only been on the table 14 times.

    benji – It is my belief that he does not want to race. He has given up. How does anyone crash in pit lane?

  • Scott

    Mr. X, you are an idiot. How many ways can you spell moron? I know of 2 and one way is “Mr. X”. Don’t be a bitch by hiding your real name because you can hide behind a computer screen that makes it easy to post such false information that it wasn’t even a rumor anywhere. It’s irritating that very reliable sources (i.e. confirms Spies needed surgery. As far as his career? Just shut up!! It’s his problem, not yours. So stop being a fool and typing words that you heard from your stupid, un-resourceful, lying, friends whom most likely live with you in your mom’s basement. So go back to playing world of Warcraft for an easy average of 11 hours a day and working a part time minimum wage job which prevents you from playing video games literally all day and leave the real motorcycle racing fans to watch each season as it unfolds while we give our support regardless of what happens behind the scenes. Thank you. (also you shouldn’t have dropped out of school, your grammar sucks!)