Motorcycling - Spies aggravates injury with fall

Ben Spies admits a fall on the second day of MotoGP testing at Sepang left him having to contend with shoulder spasms across the final two days.

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Ducati Parmac rider Ben Spies (R) of the US talks to his crew members in the garage on the second day of the pre-season MotoGP test at the Sepang circuit (AFP)

Spies was forced to miss his final two races of 2012 after a heavy crash in last year's race at Sepang left him with an AC shoulder separation, a cracked rib and bruising to the lung.

He underwent successful surgery and returned to MotoGP action in this week's test, only for a relatively minor Turn 1 fall to aggravate his injury.

"I made a small mistake yesterday which dug my elbow into the ground," he said.

"It was an easy crash but it upset my back and shoulder a little bit, so I had a few spasms yesterday and couldn't do a whole lot of riding."

After ending the final day 14th, and more than half a second off team-mate and MotoGP rookie Andrea Iannone, Spies admitted that his lack of fitness was hampering his speed.

"Anybody in our shoes would obviously like to be a little higher up the timesheets," he said.

"Today we rebounded a little bit and got to put some laps in, but had a couple of little problems with the bike and lost the last hour.

"All in all, it wasn't too bad and our quickest lap was actually set on old tyres - so that was good – but we'd like to be faster.

"For me right now, I just want to get back to 100 per cent fitness and get used to the bike."

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