2011 MotoGP Top Spies PicsDuring his freshman year in MotoGP aboard the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, Ben Spies displayed his raw talent. The Texan’s best finish that year (2010) came at Indy when he took second.
Although he didn’t win any races, Spies would end the year with a significant award – the 2010 MotoGP Rookie of the Year.Knowing Spies could perform, he was quickly signed to the Yamaha Factory Racing team with 2010 MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo. Spies filled in the empty seat left by previous Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi, who moved to Ducati for 2011.And by Round 7 at Assen, Spies comfort on the factory Yamaha M1 was progressing. The 2009 World Superbike Champion won at Assen, taking his first-ever MotoGP victory during his sophomore year.Including the win, Spies would have four podiums in 2011 – Catalunya (third), Assen (first), Indianapolis (third) and Valencia (second). Spies was in strong form at Valencia, the 2011 MotoGP finale, but lost out to the champ Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda) by 0.015 of a second, the tightest finish of the year.Spies would finish 2011 fifth overall with 176 points. And with his performances arrived some great pics, the five above highlighting the year; these photos also make for some great wallpaper of the number 11 rider.Ben Spies: 2011 Stats
Victories in 2011: 1
Poles positions in 2011: 0
Podiums in 2011: 4
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This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!