INDIANAPOLIS — Ben Spies will return to MotoGP competition for the first time since April in this weekend’s Red Bull Grand Prix of Indianapolis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Spies required surgery last year after crashing at Sepang and crashed again in the season opener at Qatar. The following race at the Circuit of The Americas in his home state of Texas, Spies experienced intense pain while practicing his Pramac/Ignite Ducati and has been out of action for four months.
“We ended up doing more damage and set us way too far back but that’s a typical athlete, always trying to come back too soon and stuff like that,” said Spies regarding his ill-fated start to the season. “Now I can say we’re ready to ride but I’ve just got to get back up to speed which might take a little bit but not too long. And we see how it goes.”
Spies hits the track for the first time in practice on Friday. It will be the first of three consecutive race weekends for the MotoGP series.
“We’ve got three weekends in a row and there are actually three tracks that I really like,” the 29-year-old rider said. “Even though this track is the — the bike, it’s hard to come back to, and this track is a very tricky track, and it’s quite physical.
“I’m not worried, really, with anything other than just slowly getting back up to speed. Other than that, there’s no worries. There’s no perfect time to come back or anything like that. So this is, this was the best time to come back with all the doctors and what was going on. You know, I have good memories of this track, and I’ve always done well. So we just do what we can do and kind of start from scratch and build our way up.”