Ben Spies Injured In Off-Highway Motorbike Accident

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Regardless of struggling a number of damaged bones in a crash final week, Ben Spies isn’t giving up on his budding off-road racing profession. “I’m undoubtedly going to overlook three or 4 rounds,” he stated, “however after the summer season break I’ll be prepared.”

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Ben Spies received’t make his 2018 Kenda AMA Nationwide Enduro Championship Collection debut subsequent month as deliberate. The MotoGP race winner crashed final week whereas driving off-road in Texas and suffered a variety of accidents, together with a number of damaged bones and a collapsed lung. Spies spent three nights in a Dallas-area hospital and has since undergone a collection of exams to find out if surgical procedure is critical.

“I sunk into the face of a bounce and knew straight away I used to be hosed,” Spies stated after he was launched from the hospital this previous Saturday. “Downside was, it wasn’t sufficient to leap and bail. I needed to go over the bars, and it was fairly ugly: Two damaged ribs, one non-displaced fracture in my collarbone, and I broke my scapula all the best way throughout with three extra smaller fractures. I’m bummed, man.”

Spies was often called “Elbowz” throughout his racing days for his aggressive, elbows-out driving fashion, however shoulder accidents compelled the now 33-year-old Texan to retire 4 years in the past after successful three consecutive AMA Superbike championships, the 2009 World Superbike title, and one MotoGP race. This yr, along with the nine-round enduro collection, Spies was aiming to hit a number of stops on the Kenda Full Fuel Dash Enduro calendar.

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These plans are actually on maintain whereas specialists decide the extent of Spies’ accidents. “I believe my precise shoulder—it’s my ‘good’ shoulder—is okay,” he stated, “however it’s laborious to inform with the quantity of ache I’m feeling.” Spies shared a video that confirmed a tube being faraway from his lung. “That was quite a lot of ache,” he admitted, “as a result of the tube went between the 2 damaged ribs. The nurse stated she was going to yank it out. I advised her she undoubtedly stored her phrase.”

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