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U.S. House Recognizes Spies' Achievements

Friday, February 5, 2010
Ben Spies wins his eleventh superpole start for the final round at World Superbike.
Ben Spies, winner of the 2009 World Superbike Championship title, was recently recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives for his amazing track record.
Ben Spies and his World Superbike Championship were recognized in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday by Congressman Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.

"Mr. Speaker, here on the floor...of the United States House of Representatives, tribute must be paid to the incredible achievement of a constituent of the First District of Texas, from Longview, he's already a legend, Ben Spies," Gohmert said. "Ben Spies is to be congratulated upon his winning the 2009 FIM Superbike World Championship. He has no doubt blazed a trail for future successes with his steady hand, nerves of steel, and balance like nowhere found here in the House of Representatives."
Up against the world's best superbike riders, Spies took a season-record 11 pole positions, won 14 of 28 races, many on tracks he had never seen, and claimed the championship in his rookie year. Before contesting the world championship series, Spies was the U.S. Superbike champion for three consecutive years.

"We were thrilled to be able to bring Spies' achievement to Congressman Gohmert's attention and delighted that he saw fit to honor Spies in this way," said Kathy Van Kleeck, senior vice president, government relations, for the Motorcycle Industry Council. "It is a wonderful commendation for Spies as well as positive recognition for motorcycling and motorcycle racing."

Duane Taylor, MIC director, federal affairs, said, "We would like to thank Representative Gohmert for highlighting this achievement and our sport."

World Superbike Rider Bios
Ben Spies Bio
Entering 2010, after capturing the World Superbike title in 2009, Spies jumps up to race in the MotoGP series full-time alongside fellow Texan Colin Edwards.

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Fast Eddie -spies.  February 22, 2010 06:19 PM
I think that acknowledgement of spies was the best thing cogress has done all year,because everyone has to agree he is a phenom when come to riding a bike at that level.ps.tax dollars are wasted every day my friend.
Thomas -Excellent use of our tax dollars  February 5, 2010 11:48 AM
I applaud Ben Spies for his unquestionable talent and achievements. To have accomplished what he's done is nothing short of grand spectacular. And Ben should absolutely be recognized.

But for a Congressman to take up the floor time in a session for something like this is a waste of public money, i.e., tax dollars used to pay Congress's salary. Isn't there something more important to be discussed, like Social Security going bankrupt, how to boot the economy ? I wonder how long did this "speech" take and how much money in tax money does this speech translate to.