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Spies hindered by crash in final practice

Spies hindered by crash in final practice

Ben Spies will start the 2013 MotoGP™ season from 13th on the grid in the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar, having been affected by an incident in final practice just 20 minutes before the start of Qualifying.

Having been outside the top ten across the first three practice sessions, Spies took part in the new Q1. However he would have battled in Q2, had he been able to end Q1 in either first or second position. As it happened, he was late to arrive in the Ignite Pramac Racing garage as he made his way back from the accident scene.

“The (final practice) session was going okay for us at first,” the American explained, having landed on his left-hand side to fortunately avoid further injury to his painful right shoulder, injured in a crash at last year’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

“We were just working on race setup with old tyres on from yesterday and we actually started to get faster and gain some confidence. Then I just got into Turn 2 too hot and I grabbed a lot of front brake and went down at pretty good speed.

“Fortunately, we were able to get up and go out with the second bike. The problem was that the back of the bike had a completely different setting and I couldn’t get up to the same speed that I was at before and get into Q2.

“Overall, it was good to get back on the bike and it was good that we were getting up to speed. I’m sorry for the team and we’ll come back tomorrow.”

Pramac teammate Andrea Iannone will start Sunday’s race from tenth spot.

MotoGP, 2013, COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Ben Spies, Pramac Racing Team

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