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Ben Spies

The latest motorcycle racing sensation on the world circuit is Ben "Elbowz" Spies, who took a World Superbike title in his rookie season and now races in MotoGP.

Ben Spies
Rider: Ben Spies
Nicknames: Elbowz, Texas Terror
Born: July 11, 1984 in Germantown, Tennessee
Nationality: American
Status: Retired
Machine: (#11)
American Ben Spies won his first race at Pikes Peak International Raceway in 2001 aboard a Valvoline Suzuki GSXR and since then has enjoyed a meteoric rise to stardom. First, the Texan took over the AMA Pro Road Racing series after turning pro in 2000 and racing in the AMA Superstock Championship for two years. For the 2002 season he competed alongside Jason Pridmore in the Formula Xtreme Series, which he became champion of the following year. Spies tallied a three-year stint in the Supersport class as well, but matured into one of the top riders in the AMA paddock with the Yoshimura Suzuki Superbike team.

Aboard the Yosh GSX-R1000 the young Texan's talent provided the ultimate pay-off when he bested the seemingly unbeatable Mladin in 2006 for the Superbike title. Spies proved his dethroning of Mladin wasn’t a fluke by repeating the feat in 2007, and again in 2008. Ben capped his AMA career as only the fourth rider in the history of AMA Superbike to win three consecutive titles and sits third on the all-time AMA Superbike wins list with 28
Ben Spies atop of the podium and the world after winning at Portimao.
In his rookie season, Spies takes
the 2009 World Superbike title.
victories. Spies posted an unrivalled 90% podium finish rate for racing, the highest for any AMA rider in the history of the championship.

The future of Spies was presumed to be MotoGP, with three GP wildcard entries to his credit aboard the Rizla Suzuki GSV-R. First, he started in place of injured Loris Capirossi at the British GP, finishing 14th and scoring his first MotoGP points. His next GP stints were in the American rounds, achieving eighth at Laguna Seca and an even more impressive sixth at Indianapolis.

Surprisingly, instead of GP Spies joined the World Superbike series in 2009 and continued his domination. During his rookie season, "Elbowz" set the record for the most Superpole wins and won the championship aboard the Yamaha R1. Besting rival Noriyuki Haga, Spies scored the first title for Yamaha in the World Superbike series.

Ben Spies rides Tech 3 at Laguna Seca.
In 2010 Spies earned MotoGP Rookie of the Year and finished sixth overall in the series.
Spies’ stay in SBK was short-lived, however, as he got promoted to MotoGP aboard the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1, where he campaigned the 2010 season next to fellow Texan, Colin Edwards. Once again Spies shocked the racing scene by quickly learning GP circuits and consistently finishing within the top-10. He landed MotoGP rookie of the year and finished the season in sixth, picking up two podium finishes and a pole victory along the way.

For 2011 the Texan signed with the Factory Yamaha team, joining 2010 MotoGP Champion, Jorge Lorenzo.

The move proved to be fruitful as Spies had an even better year in 2011, taking four podiums in total, one of which was his first career race win in MotoGP at the Assen TT. He finished the year in fifth overall.

Ben Spies Factory Yamaha
After a promising 2011 season with the Yamaha factory team Spies had his worst in 2012 finishing in 10th overall.
Things began to deteriorate for the Texan during the 2012 season. Mechanical failures and crashes plagued Spies throughout the season, and he was eventually forced to sit out the final two rounds following a severe high-side at Sepang. Spies later underwent shoulder surgery to reconstruct the ligaments that had been torn in the accident.

Spies’ lackluster performance in 2012 resulted speculation that he would leave MotoGP following the end of the season. Rumors were given added fire after Spies posted a cryptic message on his Twitter account saying, in effect, that 2013 would be much different and that he was excited about his prospects. Two months after his Twitter announcement, it was revealed that Spies would remain in MotoGP, but would move to the Pramac Racing team to ride the satellite Ducati alongside new teammate Andrea Ianonne.

Ben Spies Career History
2013 - 21st MotoGP - Ducati
2012 - 10th MotoGP - Yamaha
2011 - 5th MotoGP - Yamaha
2010 - MotoGP Rookie of the Year
2010 - 6th MotoGP - Yamaha
2009 - 20th MotoGP - Yamaha
2009 - 1st WSBK - Yamaha
2008 - 19th MotoGP - Suzuki
2008 - 1st AMA Superbike - Suzuki
2007 - 1st AMA Superbike - Suzuki
2007 - 1st AMA Superstock - Suzuki
2006 - 1st AMA Superbike - Suzuki
2006 - 14th AMA Supersport - Suzuki
2005 - 4th AMA Supersport - Suzuki
2005 - 2nd AMA Superbike - Suzuki
2004 - 5th AMA Superstock - Suzuki
2004 - 4th AMA Supersport - Suzuki
2003 - 1st AMA Formula Xtreme - Suzuki
2003 - 9th AMA Supersport - Suzuki
2003 - 54th AMA Superbike - Suzuki
2002 - 6th AMA Formula Extreme - Suzuki
2002 - 9th AMA Supersport - Suzuki
2002 - 55th AMA Superstock - Suzuki
2001 - 3rd AMA 750 Supersport - Suzuki
2001 - 86th AMA Superbike - Suzuki
2000 - AMA Horizon Award Winner
2000 - 9th AMA 750 Supersport - Suzuki
1999 - 3rd WERA 125cc GP National Challange - Honda
1998 - 2nd WERA 125cc GP National Challange - Honda

Ben Spies News & Articles
Ben Spies to Miss Jerez for Injury Rehab
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Ben Spies will miss the upcoming Jerez MotoGP round as the Pramac Ducati rider struggles to return to full fitness from a 2012 shoulder injury.
HJC Lorenzo and Spies Replica Helmet Peek
Thursday, February 14, 2013
HJC America is offering two new racer-replica helmets based on the shells used by Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies in MotoGP.
Ignite Asset Management MotoGP Investment
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
One of the newest sponsors in MotoGP, Ignite Asset Management, has reasons beyond product placement for providing backing to the Pramac Ducati team.
Ben Spies Desmo GP13 Unveiled at Wroom
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Ignite Pramac Racing Team's Ben Spies joined the Ducati Wroom festivities in Italy to unveil the Desmosedici GP13 he will ride during the 2013 MotoGP season.
Katsuyuki Nakasuga in for Spies at Valencia
Monday, October 29, 2012
Japanese Yamaha test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga has been chosen to step in for Ben Spies in the final round of the 2012 MotoGP season at Valencia.
Ben Spies Shoulder Surgery a Success
Thursday, October 25, 2012
MotoGP rider Ben Spies undergoes successful surgery in the USA.
Ben Spies Out for Phillip Island
Monday, October 22, 2012
During trackside medical evaluation it appeared Ben Spies suffered no serious injuries after his high-side at Sepang, but further tests revealed a number of issues that will force him to sit out the upcoming round at Phillip Island.
Team Bosses Happy Spies Staying in GP
Monday, October 01, 2012
Two men that are happy to see American Ben Spies sticking with MotoGP are his current and former Yamaha bosses, Massimo Meregalli and Herve Poncharal.
Ben Spies Stays in MotoGP with Pramac Ducati
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
After a tumultuous year with factory Yamaha and rumors of a return to World Superbike, Ben Spies stays in MotoGP inking a deal with Pramac Ducati.
IMS Ten Minutes with Ben Spies
Friday, August 17, 2012
The folks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway recently got to sit down with Yamaha Factory Racing's Ben Spies as he prepares for the 2012 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Yamaha MotoGP Riders: Challenger Accepted
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Ahead of the U.S. GP at Laguna Seca, Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies, along with Tech 3's Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow, got to take part in a commemorative video, each with his own Hemi-powered Dodge Challenger.
Ben Spies to Leave Yamaha
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Ben Spies recently announced, via Twitter, that he will be leaving Yamaha Factory Racing after the 2012 season. Whether he remains in MotoGP or heads elsewhere remains uncertain.
Spies Rues Tire Problem that Cost Podium
Monday, July 02, 2012
Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi weren’t the only riders griping about their Bridgestones at Assen, with Ben Spies losing a podium spot owing to chunking of his rear in the closing laps.
Lorenzo Wins  Spies Mystified at Silverstone
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Jorge Lorenzo claims MotoGP victory 21 at Silverstone, while tire woes keep Ben Spies’ season stumbling. Our MotoGP Insider reports from the British GP.
Spies New Brand Ambassador for Jorg Gray
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Ready, Set, Go - Jorg Gray signs MotoGP Superstar Ben Spies as Brand Ambassador.
Lorenzo and Spies Visit Indonesian Racers
Monday, January 16, 2012
Yamaha Factory Riders Lorenzo and Spies take a class in Indonesia.
Ben Spies Takes Defeat in Photo Finish
Monday, November 07, 2011
After being shaken up over the death of fellow MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli, Ben Spies returns from doubt and injury with an impressive final ride in 2011.
Injuries Stymie Hopkins and Spies at Sepang
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The 18-round MotoGP series continues to grind down the paddock with injury, as Ben Spies and wild card entry John Hopkins are forced to withdraw at Sepang.
Lorenzo and Spies Roughed Up at the Island
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The Factory Yamaha MotoGP squad had a brutal time Down Under, with Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies both unable to start the race due to injury.
Lorenzo and Spies Struggle at Brno MotoGP
Monday, August 15, 2011
Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies are left regretting their tire choice at Brno after failing to make headway in the 2011 MotoGP Championship.
Spies Inks Extra Year with Factory Yamaha
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Ben Spies extends his MotoGP contract with the Factory Yamaha squad, inking a one-year extension through the 2012 season.
2011 Yamaha Racing MotoGP Launch Q A
Monday, February 21, 2011
Following Yamaha's debut of its 2011 MotoGP team, Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies and managing director of Yamaha Racing, Lin Jarvis, participated in a Q&A session in Sepang.
Yamaha Debuts 2011 MotoGP Team in Malaysia
Monday, February 21, 2011
Yamaha Factory Racing unveiled its new livery in Malaysia as the team attempts its third consecutive triple crown victory in 2011 with 2010 champion Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies.
Jorge Lorenzo   Ben Spies Visit Thailand
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Yamaha teammates Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies made a stop in Thailand recently to visit fans following an official MotoGP test in Malaysia.
Ben Spies Autograph Session at HJC Booth
Thursday, December 16, 2010
World Superbike champion and MotoGP star Ben Spies will be available at the HJC Consumer booth during the Long Beach IMS show for autographs on December 17th beginning at 4:45 p.m.
Ben Spies to Appear at Long Beach IMS
Friday, December 10, 2010
Yamaha's Ben Spies is scheduled to make a special fan appearance at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show on December 17th.
Ben Spies Nominated for SPEED Award
Friday, December 10, 2010
MotoGP star Ben Spies has been nominated for another Rookie of the Year award by SPEED Performance Awards for his achievements during the 2010 season.
2011 MotoGP Factory Yamaha Team Structure
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
The Factory Yamaha Racing Team has announced their new team structure with American Ben Spies adding crew chief, Tom Houseworth, and mechanic Gregory Wood to the 2011 squad.
Ben Spies MotoGP Interview
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
MotoGP Rookie of the Year and Yamaha Monster Tech 3’s Ben Spies talks with Motorcycle USA about his motorcycle racing season thus far. Find out what he has to say in this interview.
Ben Spies Earns MotoGP Rookie of the Year
Monday, October 18, 2010
Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Ben Spies reached another important milestone in his first MotoGP season by capturing the Rookie of the Year award on Sunday.
Ben Spies Joins Factory Yamaha for 2011
Friday, August 27, 2010
Current Yamaha Tech 3 rider Ben Spies will be moving to the Factory Yamaha team for the 2011 MotoGP season.
Ben Spies and Colin Edwards Autograph Signing
Friday, July 23, 2010
Teammates Ben Spies and Colin Edwards will be available on Saturday June 24th at 4:30pm for autographs and pictures at their booth near the Yamaha Marketplace.
U.S. House Recognizes Spies Achievements
Friday, February 05, 2010
Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert and the U.S. House of Representatives recognized the accomplishments of native Ben Spies in the 2009 World Superbike Series.
Spies Sterilgarda Yamaha YZF-R1
Monday, November 30, 2009
MotoUSA tests the World Championship-winning Sterilgarda Yamaha YZF-R1 of American Ben Spies.
Ben Spies Dons New Livery for Valencia
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Ben Spies will compete at the 2009 Valencia MotoGP finale aboard a one-off Sterilgarda Yamaha livery.
Spies to Race Valencia MotoGP Finale
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Ben Spies has confirmed his move to MotoGP for 2010, but the American will get a chance to race as a wildcard entry at the final MotoGP round held in Valencia in November.
Spies Talks MotoGP: MotoUSA Interview
Friday, October 02, 2009
Motorcycle USA catches up with American road racing superstar Ben Spies to get his take on moving up to MotoGP after just one year in World Superbike.
Spies to MotoGP Next Year: Its Official!
Thursday, October 01, 2009
American road racing star Ben Spies will leave World Superbike after one season to pursue his MotoGP dreams next year.
Spies Sticks with Yamaha to MotoGP in 2011
Friday, September 04, 2009
Yamaha and Yamaha Motor Europe are delighted to announce an agreement has been made with Ben Spies for his participation with Yamaha for 2010 and 2011.
Ben Spies World Superbike Interview
Monday, July 06, 2009
Motorcycle USA gets a brief Q&A in with World Superbike star rookie and three-time AMA Superbike champion Ben Spies.
Sterilgarda Sponsors Yamaha World Superbike
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Italian food brand Sterilgarda sponsors the Yamaha World Superbike Team of Ben Spies and Tom Sykes for selected raced in 2009 World Superbike Championship, starting with Monza.
Ben Spies Claims Qatar Superpole
Friday, March 13, 2009
After dominating the two WSBK qualifying sessions, Ben Spies (Yamaha World Superbike) powered to the same result in Superpole with his second success in two races.
Spies and Sykes Finish Testing in South Africa
Friday, December 12, 2008
2009 Yamaha Motor Italia Superbike riders Ben Spies and Tom Sykes have endured some serious heat on their three day test in Kyalami.
Spies Gets Up to Speed in World Superbike
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
American rider Ben Spies gets up to speed with his first tests for the factory Yamaha SBK team.
Spies Nominated for AMA Athlete of Year
Friday, October 31, 2008
2008 AMA Superbike champion, Ben Spies, received a nomination for the '08 AMA SPEED Athlete of the Year award.
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Ben Spies Statistics
Ben Spies struggled at CoTA with pain in his chest and back stemming from an earlier shoulder injury.
Ben Spies- Statistics:
Prior to Spies' win at Assen in 2011, the last American to win a MotoGP race was in 2006.

In his debut season in World Superbike Ben Spies set a new record for most consecutive pole positions in a single season.

Ben Spies took 11 pole positions in his Rookie season of world superbike.

Spies suprised the motorcycle racing community in 2009 when he secured pole position, won both races, and set the superbike circuit lap record in Qatar despite being his first time to the track.

Ben Spies is the fourth rider in AMA Superbike history to win three consecutive titles.
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