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Motorcycling: US rider Spies retires

US MotoGP rider Ben Spies announced his retirement on Saturday, saying injuries to both shoulders had hindered his physical ability to ride. "I want to thank everyone from racing organizations, factories, teams and all my fans for helping me and supporting me throughout my career," said Spies, who had inked a two-year deal with Ducati to race with the factory-supported Pramac team in 2013 and 2014. "I never dreamed that I would reach the level of success that I have over the past 20 years of racing, but the time has come to stop and I do so with great sadness."

Spies retires from racing

MOTEGI, Japan (Reuters) - American MotoGP rider Ben Spies announced his retirement from racing on Saturday after being sidelined by injury and starting just two races this season. The 29-year-old Tennessee-born former world superbike champion and Italian manufacturer Ducati said in a statement that both parties had agreed to terminate a contract that still had a year to run.

Motorcycling: Dislocated collarbone latest setback for Spies

American Ben Spies was diagnosed with a dislocated left collarbone after a spill during Saturday's practice rounds at the Indianapolis MotoGP. Spies was returning to action this weekend for the first time since the Italian Grand Prix in late May due to recurring pain and weakness in his right shoulder and chest. Last October he underwent reconstructive surgery after a crash at the Malaysian GP.

Motorcycling: Spies hurt in Indianapolis practice

American Ben Spies was injured during a practice run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday morning and was expected to withdraw from Sunday's MotoGP race. After a crash on turn four at the Brickyard, Spies climbed to his feet with help from marshals, pointing to his left shoulder and collarbone. Race officials said the injury was a shoulder dislocation. Spies's right shoulder was surgically repaired after a crash at the Grand Prix of Malaysia last October and he was attempting a comeback at Indy after sitting out seven races. str/bb/dj
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