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Oct 25, 2012

It's Official: Ben Spies' 2012 MotoGP Season Is Over. Announcement On Replacement Rider Expected After This Coming Weekend's Race in Australia

Ben Spies (right) and crew chief Tom Houseworth earlier this season. Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Ben Spies Undergoes Successful Surgery in the USA

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Ben Spies has successfully completed surgery in the USA on October 23rd to repair torn ligament damage to his right shoulder following a crash in the Grand Prix of Malaysia on the 20th October.

The procedure consisted of the reconstruction of the Coracoclavicular Ligaments torn in the crash and a reduction of a separated Acrimioclavicular joint, aided by a Twin Tightrope device, which is a suture based system. Cadavar tissue was placed to replace and reinforce the Coracoclavicular Ligaments that were torn.

The surgery was successful, Spies will make a full recovery although he will need to remain in a sling for up to 10-12 weeks.

The decision on a replacement rider for the final round of the Championship at Valencia will be clarified by Yamaha Factory Racing following the Phillip Island weekend.