MotoGP: Ben Spies Will Miss the French GP

05/06/2013 @ 1:42 pm, by David Emmett9 COMMENTS


Ben Spies’ long road to recovery from the shoulder injury he suffered at Motegi last year has gotten a little longer. Today, Ducati boss Bernhard Gobmeier told reporters at the Jerez post-race MotoGP test that Spies had been advised to skip the Le Mans round of MotoGP in France, and only return two weeks later at Mugello.

Spies is still recuperating from shooting pains in his chest caused by overcompensating at COTA in Austin, when he raced there two weeks’ ago. The Texan received medical advice that he should miss one more race before attempting a return.

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro will ride the Ignite Pramac Ducati as a replacement for Spies. As a replacement rider, Pirro will have to use the bike fielded by Pramac, rather than the laboratory machine he raced as a wildcard in Jerez. The official press release from the Ignite Pramac team is after the jump

Ben Spies back on track at Mugello.

Following today’s additional medical check in Dallas, the doctor supervising Ben Spies recommended that the Texan undergo a period of extended rehabilitation.

Despite his wish to return to the track as soon as possible, Spies will miss the French Grand Prix and will join the team again at the end of May, at Mugello.

At Le Mans, Ducati Test Team rider, Michele Pirro, will ride the Ignite Pramac Racing Team Desmosedici GP13.

Source: Pramac Ducati; Photo: © 2013 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

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

  • Sorry to hear that Spies continues to struggle. I hope that Pirro shows a little better having had one round under his belt already.

  • TexusTim

    I had a feeling this was coming….I fear this is the begining of the end for Mr.Spies in MotoGP, dont hate on me please.

  • Micah

    I’ve been a Ben Spies fan for a long time, since he was taking it to Mladin in the AMA. I have an Elbowz signature lid and rooted him on from the grand stands at Miller WSBK 2009, where he utterly dominated the competition. I prayed to the church of Spiesus Christ for years. So don’t take it lightly when I say that it is ironic he is having chest pains because I just don’t think his heart is in it anymore. Man I hope he proves me wrong.

  • zipidachimp

    ‘peter principle’ example #2049. as much as it pains all of us, will someone please draw a curtain across the career of mr. spies? thank you.

  • Tone

    Ben who?

  • Ryan

    I love the guy, but I have to say that he has been nothing but a big let down since he entered MotoGP. Good luck in WSBK Ben, I hope you will dominate again soon.

  • MajorTom

    If he races or he is out for an extended period of time matters little. MotoGP is a race of 3 to 4 competitors. I have no idea why the rest of the riders are there. They are little more that moving bill boards, which might be the reason they show up. Do any of the rest really think they might win? I find the state of MotoGP racing rather sad. Having said that, I still watch each race; in spite of the fact that Speed channel has the worst coverage I’ve ever seen. During commercials the lap count often goes from 12 laps remaining to 8. It would have been nice to see the whole race. Maybe increase the coverage to one and a half hours before returning to NECK car.

  • Chaz Michael Michaels

    I kind of agree with you MajorTom. I still don’t see the CRT idea as a good idea.

    But I don’t know, strange things happen from race to race.

    A lot of the excitement that was with Marco Simoncelli and a lot of the excitement now with Marc Marquez (and even guys like Crutchlow, Bautista, Bradl, Hayden, Dovi…)–they can facilitate the unexpected. So, there is actually a lot to like and look forward too. And we still have Rossi, let’s not forget. So, I think there’s still plenty of excitement.

    Wait for the rain. That’ll change everything.

    As far as Spies-I see it differently. He hasn’t been a disappointment. His season last year was epic in an awful way. Even so, he still had plenty of practices, qualifying, and races where he was right there near the top…only for an engine to blow, or something odd to break, etc…

  • L2C

    I really would love to see Spies do well. If this is what he has to do to get back on the right track, then good on him for making what must be a hard decision.

    I look forward to seeing him at Mugello.