Both Spies and Jorge Lorenzo suffered bad crashes last weekend at Phillip Island. Lorenzo had to have surgery on his hand and will not be racing this weekend. Yamaha test rider, Katsuyuki Nakasuga, will be filling in for Lorenzo in Malaysia.
Spies was also banged up after his crash at Phillip Island. Spies missed the Australian race due to his crash, but he'll be racing at Sepang despite some damaged tissue near his ribs.
"I like Sepang," said Ben Spies. "It's a track we visit a lot because of the off-season testing so we know it quite well. Coming into the weekend I want to be able to put in a good result, especially for Yamaha Motor Indonesia, Semakin di Depan and Petronas which are our main sponsors. Unfortunately I'm definitely still recovering from Phillip Island, but I'm going to give it 100% as we always do. It's frustrating but it's been a bit of a year for bad luck. We'll do the best with what we've got and see what we can achieve."