Spies update: Surgery successful, out for rest of 2012
25 October 2012 – Yamaha has confirmed that Ben Spies underwent a successful operation in America on Tuesday. However, having already been ruled out of this weekend’s Australian MotoGP after crashing in Malaysia, he will also miss the Valencia finale.
The Sepang accident means that Spies ends his Yamaha factory career early, as he is now required to wear a sling for what could be up to three months.
‘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,’ a statement explains.
‘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.’
Regarding a replacement to race alongside Champion elect Jorge Lorenzo in Valencia, Yamaha will make a decision after the Phillip Island weekend.