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Ben Spies Joins Factory Yamaha for 2011

Friday, August 27, 2010
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd is delighted to announce that current Yamaha Tech 3 rider Ben Spies will move to the Factory Team for the 2011 MotoGP season.
Ben Spies  #11  fought to keep Casey Stoner  #27  at bay until the Australian relegated Spies to fourth position on Lap 9.
Ben Spies (#11) is currently ranked seventh in series and is the top rookie and satellite rider.

The 26-year-old American, who won the World Superbike Championship with Yamaha in 2009, is enjoying an impressive first season in MotoGP. He is currently the leading rookie and the top satellite rider, lying seventh in the championship.

“We’re delighted that Ben will join the Factory Team for next season,” said Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing. “Ben has shown great promise in his first ten MotoGP races. He has learnt rapidly and recorded strong results, including a well-deserved podium finish at Silverstone – impressive for someone in their first full season.

“We believe that Ben will be a future title contender and that he will be a good fit with our team. His mission next year will be to continue learning, consistently challenge for podium places and try to win some races. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Herve Poncharal and the Tech 3 Team for taking care of Ben this season and for giving him such good training for the years ahead. I hope that he will repay them by getting some more podium results in the second half of this season and helping them to secure top satellite team status at the end of this year.”
Spies added "My first year in MotoGP has been a great learning curve and for that I have to thank Herve Poncharal, all the team at Tech 3 and especially my American mechanics who have stuck by me throughout this great journey so far. Having previously been to only four of the ten tracks to date, I have to be pleased with where I am and with having achieved my first podium so soon. I'm especially pleased that Yamaha have recognized the potential in me and given me the opportunity to step up to the Factory Team so early in my GP career. I believe that by working closely with the Yamaha staff and my mechanics we will be able to help develop the M1 and make the next step of challenging for regular podiums, followed by future championships."

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Honduh -Alien status  August 27, 2010 04:01 PM
Will Speez reach it?
B-King Rider -Spies Fan  August 27, 2010 03:48 PM
I believe that if he stays healthy, Ben will be one of the Icons in the future. Go Ben.
Ghost Rider -Spies-2010 and Beyond  August 27, 2010 11:25 AM
Ben Spies' switch to Yamaha was an awesome strategy done by him and his managing team! Even when he started testing the R1, Yamaha already knew what they had, a future Legend! Already an AMA star, Ben soon became the WSB icon when he dethroned Ducati by taking Nori on and defeating him in his 1st WSB season and claiming the title! Nori hasn't been the same since! Another brilliant move on his part was to 'ask' Yamaha to move to MotoGP ahead of schedule. Sorry Toseland... you gotta go! Now Outperforming his own expectations, Spies is keeping pace with the fastest riders in the world. Almost claiming his 1st Pole Position on a satellite machine after getting his first podium and soon to be in the Top-5 after 11 races in his 1st MotoGP season! The other MotoGP riders better keep an eye on him because Ben Spies is coming like a tropical storm. He's still 'learning' his way in MotoGP... when he decides to teach the other brands/riders/teams... Ben Spies has only 1 goal in mind---Be the best of the best by kicking butt and taking names to post on his wall next to his mantle full of trophies!!!
kk -spies  August 27, 2010 10:58 AM
word to that. i just cringed when you mentioned spies and suzuki motogp in one sentence... UGH that would have been bad. im pumped for him and i expect great things from him next year. i know when he starts winning races he wont be dressing up and dancing around like a clown. hes all business in my book.
wparker -Ben Spies Joins Factory Yamaha for 2011  August 27, 2010 09:44 AM
yeah Suzuki really dropped the ball by not signing him to MotoGp..

but its his gain as he has a far more competitive bike now then he would had he stayed with Suzuki...