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Spies pulls out of Mugello weekend

Spies pulls out of Mugello weekend

Ignite Pramac Racing has announced that, following Friday practice, Ben Spies will take no further part in the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM weekend.

The American, who had injured a shoulder in a 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix accident before suffering agony with a pectoral muscle problem in Texas, remained on the sidelines for this season’s Spanish and French races. He was set to return in Italy and took part in practice on Friday, but found himself remaining in too much pain.

A Saturday morning Ignite Pramac Racing press release reads as follows:

‘Unfortunately yesterday’s free practice sessions highlighted the muscular problems still afflicting Ben Spies. The intense rehabilitation activities which the Texan has undergone in the last four weeks have brought about a clear improvement but it still not sufficient for Spies to demonstrate his true potential on the track.

After an analysis of the situation, the Pramac Racing Team, Ducati Corse and the rider have taken the mutual decision to continue rehabilitation and physiotherapy and to interrupt all track activities to allow Ben to complete his total physical recovery.

In the next few days Ben Spies will undergo further medical checks in order to have a clearer appraisal of the situation and evaluate the treatment to be followed for full recovery.’

At Le Mans last time out, Spies was substituted for by Michele Pirro, although at Mugello the Italian is already competing as a Ducati Test Team wildcard.

MotoGP, 2013, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, Ben Spies, Pramac Racing Team

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