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Ben Spies Earns MotoGP Rookie of the Year

Monday, October 18, 2010
In what has been a phenomenal rookie season in MotoGP for Ben Spies, the former World Superbike Champion was presented with the Rookie of the Year award in Australia on Sunday. The American recently captured a hard-earned fifth-place finish at Phillip Island, just one of the many impressive results this year for the rookie rider.
Rookie Ben Spies recently managed his eighth top-six result of the season at Phillip Island.
Rookie Ben Spies recently managed his eighth top-six result of the season at Phillip Island.

Despite the tremendous honor associated with receiving such a coveted title, Spies admitted that he wasn’t focused on winning the award.
“I hate to burst everybody’s bubble but the rookie thing is not something I really set out to do,” said Spies. “If I was second I wouldn’t have been upset because everybody was riding well. I’m focused on my own deal and worried about everybody finishing in front of me, and not who has been finishing behind me. It’s an achievement but not something I’ll go and have a beer for. I’m just happy to be fighting and we had a good race.”

In his most recent performance Spies managed to overtake fellow rookie, Marco Simoncelli, and finished inside the top-five for the eighth time this season. His recent showing also guaranteed that the Texan will become the recipient of top non-factory rider in 2010. Currently, Spies is running sixth in the MotoGP Championship and is 16 points behind Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso in fifth-place.

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kevin -Whoa!  October 18, 2010 07:32 PM
cease and desist all man crush talk now
clickitysplit -Anonymous -- clearly W!LLPOW3R is hoping...  October 18, 2010 05:36 PM
...you would having a crush on W!LLPOW3R. After all...he's just brimming with PERSONALITY.
W!LLPOW3R -maybe anonymous you should..  October 18, 2010 02:33 PM
..have a man crush on someone with a bit more PERSONALITY.. he is a special talent however..
Anonymous -Ben Spies is a true American Role Model  October 18, 2010 01:10 PM
I've already admitted this to my wife, but I think I have a bit of a man crush on Spies. And oddly enough, my wife has a bit of a normal crush on the man as well. We are just both very impressed by his performance on the track and his behavior off the track.
GhostRider -Spies---true racer/true champion  October 18, 2010 11:12 AM
I liked his comment and approach to this award... he wants the MotoGP title and nothing less! 2011 will be the best season of MotoGP to date... Spies on the factory Yamaha squad and Rossi finally on the Ducati! Maybe, only Stoner will be able to take the attention off of these two riders, maybe!?
kk -victory  October 18, 2010 10:46 AM
congrats to SPies, but he knows theres more work to do and thats what i like about him. 2011 cant come soon enough