Ben Spies Sepang InjuryYamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies continues to have trouble in the 2012 MotoGP Championship.
The Texan’s latest issue arrived during a wreck at a wet Grand Prix of Malaysia Sunday. Due to the severity of the injuries, Spies will have to miss the Grand Prix of Australia at Phillip Island this weekend.While running in 10th position at Sepang, Spies suffered a heavy crash with 12 laps remaining. He was sent to the on-track medical center for pain in his shoulder, and initial reports found nothing serious. But further tests conducted Monday at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia reveal Spies will need surgery on his shoulder.But that wasn’t all; Spies, who will ride for Pramac Ducati in 2013, also cracked a rib in his upper chest and bruised a lung during the Sepang MotoGP crash. On Tuesday, Spies will return to the United Stages for further treatment.Due to time constrains, Yamaha Factory Racing says it will not field a replacement rider at Phillip Island.Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “I’m lost for words. We’ve had such a tough season with an unbelievable amount of bad luck. We have always gone out there to give it 100% and it was the intention of both myself and my team to continue to do so at Phillip Island.“I took a really hard knock on Sunday and it’s now clear from today’s tests that I have some injuries that require immediate attention.“It’s disappointing to be heading back to the USA now instead of to Phillip Island but it’s obviously important to get the right treatment as soon as possible.“I’m sorry for my team and thankful for all the hard work they and Yamaha have put in so far; our current situation is not where we should be.”During Sunday’s Sepang MotoGP, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa won ahead of Spies’ teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, and the other Repsol Honda rider, Casey Stoner. Only two rounds remain in 2012 MotoGP – Phillip Island and Valencia.
Ducati Scrambler Icon Dark + Chip Doherty with Neale Bayly
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This week, in the first segment Senior Editor Nic de Sena talks to us about the new Ducati Scrambler Icon Dark. This somewhat entry-level machine still comes with all the great Ducati hallmarks of excellent low down torque and impeccable handling. If you like to hear about fun motorcycles, then you’ll enjoy this one.
In the second segment, Editor-at-Large Neale Bayly brings us another of his interviews, this time it’s with Chip Doherty.
Chip’s amazing resume includes motorcycle racer, restorer and collector. Back in the early 2000s he used his engineering background to start motorcycle clothing manufacturer Motophoria.
After selling that company in 2007, Chip’s resume gained him entry to NASA where for 7 years he was responsible for launching the space shuttle! Since moving on from NASA, Chip expanded his collection of classic British bikes. Eventually Neale persuaded him to ride to Peru and help Neale’s Wellspring Foundation raise money for the orphanage there.
So, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!