UPDATED: Spies Still Hospitalized

Henny Ray Abrams | July 23, 2008

Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ben Spies remains in a Dallas hospital after having his appendix removed. The appendix was removed, not as a result of appendicitis, as previously reported, but as a cautionary measure to eliminate the appendix as the cause of his fever and nausea. The two-time AMA Superbike Champion began to feel sick Sunday night, after competing in both the MotoGP and AMA Superbike races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. On the Monday flight home to Dallas from San Jose, he began to feel much worse and was taken to the hospital for tests at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning. It was at the end of those tests, after a scope was taken of his internal organs, that the decision was made to remove the appendix as a prophylactic measure. No timetable has been given for his release from the hospital.

Henny Ray Abrams | Contributing Editor

Abrams is the longest-serving contributor at Cycle News. Over the course of his 35-some years of writing and shooting photos, he’s covered events from MotoGP to the Motocross World Championship - and everything in between.