Here’s a quick update from MotoGP.
Oft-injured Pramac Ducati rider Ben Spies says he plans to return to MotoGP next year. There have been rumors circulating that the fragile American rider would not have a GP ride next year, despite having a contract in place. Currently, he’s sitting on the sidelines with a Class 5 separated left shoulder.
Spies has only managed to get in two races this season, which has caused all sort of tongue-wagging. But, he told MotoGP.com he’s set to return next year, just as soon as he’s done mending. Over and over through the interview, he stressed the importance of being 100 per cent healthy before he returned.
In other news, injuries have taken Karel Abraham out of the mix for the rest of this year. Like Spies, Abraham injured his left shoulder at Indianapolis; he tweaked a few ligaments in the shoulder, and will need surgery. Now, his Cardion AB Motoracing CRT team is looking for a replacement rider for the season’s last five races.