Motorcycling - Successful surgery for Spies

American MotoGP rider Ben Spies has had successful surgery to repair torn ligament damage to his right shoulder sustained in Malaysia.

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Ben Spies (Reuters)

The Texan, team mate to championship leader Jorge Lorenzo, suffered a shoulder separation, a cracked rib in his upper chest area and bruising to the lung after falling in the wet race at Sepang.

Spies, who is joining Pramac Ducati next season, will make a full recovery although he will need to remain in a sling for up to 10-12 weeks.

Spies is 10th in the championship with just 88 points to Lorenzo's 330.

The decision on a replacement rider for the final round of the Championship at Valencia will be clarified by Yamaha following the Phillip Island weekend.

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