Yamaha MotoGP wild-card rider, Ben Spies, will be making his debut 2009 MotoGP race appearance this coming weekend in Valencia. Although this is his first MotoGP showing in 2009, this will actually be Ben Spies’ fourth appearance in a MotoGP race.
If you remember back to last year, Ben Spies made three MotoGP starts on the Rizla Suzuki with the following results; at the British GP he finished 14th, at Laguna Seca he was 8th and at the wet Indianapolis GP he finished the top Suzuki rider in 6th after qualifying 5th on the grid.
Ben Spies has achieved astonishing success in his rookie year in World Superbike, bringing the first ever World Superbike Championship victory for Yamaha. Over the 2009 season he scored 14 race wins and 11 pole position starts in the class, becoming the all-time greatest rookie in the process.
For Valencia, the Sterilgarda Yamaha Team has unveiled the special one-off livery for 2009 World Superbike Champion Ben Spies. Spies will be riding the Yamaha YZR-M1 prior to joining the Tech3 Yamaha Team next Monday to start testing for the 2010 season.
Ben Spies Speaks…
"I’m really excited for the opportunity to race at Valencia this weekend," said Spies. "I’m fully aware that MotoGP is a big step up from World Superbike and realize it’s not going to be possible to achieve the same results in my first year there. I see this weekend as an opportunity to spend some time on the bike and start learning it for next season, and to have some fun as well!"
Ben Spies, a racer who once said he had a fear a flying, has now flown around the world in his unbelievable championship run. It will be interesting to see if Ben can run with the world’s best; Rossi, Stoner, Lorenzo and Pedrosa.