Ben Spies is no stranger to MotoGP. He replaced the injured Loris Capirossi at the 2008 British GP and secured a 14th place finish. He went on to sample three more wild-card rides, scoring a brilliant eighth place finish at Laguna Seca and an even more impressive 6th at Indianapolis.
His final MotoGP outing before joining his current crew (and first with the Yamaha M1) took place in Sterilgarda colors when he carved through the pack at the 2009 season-closer at Valencia for 7th spot.
In 2009 as Yamaha’s first ever World Superbike Champion Spies made an indelible impression in his first year in Europe, not only proving his ability and level of dedication but also an uncanny talent for mastering unseen tracks and demonstrating the potency of the Yamaha YZF-R1.
With a historic maiden World SBK attempt Spies put himself into contention to become just the second American MotoGP champion this century, joining Tech 3 GP Team for his premiership debut in 2010 on the Yamaha M1.
This season sees Ben Spies continue his journey within the Yamaha family. After a hugely successful first year in MotoGP in 2010 with the Tech3 Yamaha Team Spies took the well earned Rookie of the Year title, ending the season as not just the highest placed rookie rider, but the highest placed satellite rider with sixth in the standings.
Spies continued to display the form that won him the 2009 World Superbike Championship, adapting quickly to unknown tracks and scoring an impressive pole position start for his home race at Indianapolis along with two podium finishes over the year.
This GP season the young Texan steps up to partner reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, riding together for Yamaha Factory Racing.
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