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Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Spies All Test Injured Shoulders at Indianapolis this Weekend

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Ben Spies aboard his Pramac Ducati

After a three week break following the Laguna Seca round, the MotoGP circus returns to the United States at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend.  Rookie Marc Marquez (Honda) leads the championship by 16 points over teammate Dani Pedrosa as we begin the second half of the series that will see three races on succeeding weekends with Indy followed by Brno and Silverstone.

Three riders will be testing their weakened shoulders at Indy.  Defending champ Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) says he is still not 100% following back-to-back surgeries (including the final one just prior to the Laguna Seca race), and Dani Pedrosa states his own collarbone break, although coming along as expected, will not be fully healed for several weeks.  Both Lorenzo and Pedrosa are staying close to points leader Marquez, and will salvage as many points as they can over the next several weeks.

Returning this weekend after a long break is Ben Spies on his Pramac Ducati.  Spies first injured his shoulder at Malaysia in 2012, and tried to race earlier this year with little luck before taking an extended break.  Spies says his shoulder (which required the repair of significant soft tissue damage) is ready to go, but he is obviously very rusty.  Since there is no training quite like riding a MotoGP bike, one would have to conclude Spies’ fitness during the race might be an issue.  We will see.

Lorenzo and teammate Valentino Rossi recently completed a test at Brno, which apparently helped Lorenzo tremendously by loosening up his sore shoulder, and helping him find some rhythm before the race this weekend.

Another interesting story this weekend will be the performance of Ducati’s Nicky Hayden at his home race following the announcement that Ducati will not renew his MotoGP contract for next year.  Hayden’s future is apparently still uncertain, although Ducati has stated it is trying to find a spot for him in either MotoGP (on a satellite team) or WSB, and a rumor has been floating that a Honda WSB ride has been offered to Hayden with funding coming from the United States division of Honda.

Marquez has had great success at Indy aboard Moto2 bikes, so he is confident as he makes his debut at the circuit on a MotoGP machine.  Indy is an interesting track for many reasons, not the least of which is its extremely long straight that may yield top speeds close to 350 kilometers per hour (close to 220 mph).  All in all, it should be a very interesting weekend in MotoGP.

16 Comments

  1. mickey says:

    Well just read pn MotoGP.com, Spies is out again. Highsided the Duc and tore some muscle loose from his right shoulder.

  2. Agent55 says:

    I think the order of pained riders from least-worst will be Spies>Pedrosa>Lorenzo.

    Spies has been talking like his body is good to go, while Jorge is likely still pretty messed up after double-surgery. Ouch!

  3. DorsoDoug says:

    I’ve always felt that Nicky Hayden would’ve been a dominant force in WSB. My sense is that this series is much more compatible with the riding style that made him so successful in AMA. From a career standpoint I supposed WSB is viewed as a step down from MotoGP. But from a competitive perspective I still think this series has it the most together of any in motorcycle roadracing. I’ve followed Nicky from the beginning of his AMA career. My view is that he is a competititor first. If he goes to WSB I think he could routinely be on the podium and might be a less frustrated individual as a result of being in the mix. I don’t know that Honda is the best ride for him at this point though because of their win at any cost philosophy…

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “I still think this series has it the most together of any in motorcycle roadracing.”

      no worries, ezpelata is actively conspiring to put a stop to this.

  4. mickey says:

    Will be interesting to see how Spies does on the Ducati. Wonder if he will beat all the CRTs.

  5. Chris says:

    i’d like to see Nicky onboard the 1199R in WSB…

  6. Buelster says:

    How about Nicky helping develop, test, and then riding the new Suzuki MotoGP bike? I think that could be a good fit.

  7. Philip says:

    Sure hope the Honda rumor is true

    • Ryan M says:

      whats the rumor?

      • Philip says:

        Honda WSB, which for me is a big deal for some reason. I think it would be cool if he could win AMA, MotoGP, WSB, and Suzuka 8 on Honda, those are my personal goals for him, I have no idea if he cares what company he rides for.

        • Dave says:

          Remember, Honda has promised a new V-4 engined superbike in the near future. Assuming they want to take that thing WSDB racing, Nicky and Johnny Rhea could be a formidable duo.

          • Philip says:

            Fingers crossed

          • Scotty says:

            These bikes are going to be £100k for the stock standard road going version aren’t they?? Not too many Desmosedicis ended up is WSB so I’m not sure how many of these will.

            I’m just enjoying so many manufacturers being competative, especially Team Green!