Yamaha rider Ben Spies has pulled out of his second MotoGP race in succession after withdrawing from Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang owing to injury.
Spies had suffered from a concussion and tore soft tissue around the rib area when he crashed during qualifying for the Australian GP last weekend, which put him out of the race on Sunday. He struggled with his injuries on Friday at Sepang and crashed twice on Saturday, including in qualifying, and could only set a faster time than team-mate Katsuyuki Nakasuga, who is Jorge Lorenzo’s replacement for the race.
Following consultation with Yamaha management, after qualifying, it was jointly decided that the risk of further injury was great and that Spies should miss not only the race, but Monday’s private test session for 1000cc bikes at Sepang. This decision will allow Spies to recover before the final race of the season at Valencia in two weeks time and the post season 1000cc test sessions.