Injured Ben Spies misses out in Jerez
Ben Spies will miss next week's Spanish Moto GP due to injury.
Last Updated: 24/04/13 5:58pm
The American former world superbike champion is expected to be replaced on the non-works bike by Ducati's Italian test rider Michele Pirro for the race at Jerez on May 5.
The team confirmed that Spies needs three weeks of intense rehabilitation to alleviate a strain in his pectorals and back muscles.
Spies first injured his shoulder in a heavy fall in Malaysia last October and missed the last two races of 2012 as well as initial pre-season testing this year.
Speaking after last weekend's race in Austin, Spies said: "I had a little problem with a nerve in my chest... I don't know if it's from overcompensating for my shoulder problem.
"Two laps before the end of the warm-up, I had a twinge in my chest. It was like a knife."