Pramac racing have confirmed that Ben Spies will be replaced by Ducati Test rider Michele Pirro at the next MotoGP round in Le Mans.
Ignite Pramac released a statement today which confirmed that as well as skipping the Jerez round the Texas rider will also be missing from the grid in France.
The American has already undergone treatment for the nerve pain which hampered his progress in his home Grand Prix, though it appears the ongoing therapy has not yet done enough to allow doctors to declare Spies fit.
Spies’ team-mate Andrea Iannone is also struggling with injury and will have surgery for arm pump before the next round.
Pirro enjoyed his first scheduled wild-card ride over the weekend at Jerez on the Ducati test bike and finished in the points in a credible 11th while concentrating on his testing objectives.
Pramac’s statement in full:
“Following today’s additional medical check in Dallas, the doctor supervising Ben Spies recommended that the Texan undergo a period of extended rehabilitation.
Despite his wish to return to the track as soon as possible, Spies will miss the French Grand Prix and will join the team again at the end of May, at Mugello.
At Le Mans, Ducati Test Team rider, Michele Pirro, will ride the Ignite Pramac Racing Team Desmosedici GP13”.