Ben Spies won the Rookie of the Year Award in 2010, thanks to consistent top 10 finishes, 2 podiums, and a pole position victory. Spies was seeing most circuits during the 2010 season for the first time. Now that he's got a year under his belt, Spies could be a true contender this year.
Ben Spies has already conquered AMA racing, and the World Superbike Spies. The young Texan now has his sites on the MotoGP World title, and with the help of the Factory Yamaha team, Spies could surprise a lot of people.
Born in Germantown, Tennessee, Spies started racing at a young age. By the age of 8, Spies started racing in the CMRA. His young racing career was filled with just as many championships as his professional career. Spies won 23 consecutive races by the age of 10, claiming a YSR Championship, an 80cc Championship, and in 2000 he was awarded the AMA Horizon Award for road racing.
Spies turned pro in 2000, and continued to impress people by scoring wins in the AMA Supersport and Superstock class. Spies would win the 2003 AMA Formula Xtreme Championship before moving up to the Superbike division in 2005. Spies had tough competition, but did extremely well in his rookie season earning a race win and a second place finish overall.
Spies would win his first AMA Superbike championship the following year, and he would hold onto the number 1 plate for three consecutive years.
After dominating the AMA Superbike, Spies set his eyes on the international circuit. When Spies entered into the World Superbike series, he made a name for himself right away be earning the pole position on his debut. Spies would win one of two races that weekend in 2009, becoming the first American since Colin Edwards to win a World Superbike race.
Spies set a few benchmarks in that 2009 World Superbike season. He broke a record by scoring 7 consecutive pole positions, and broke another record when he earned his 11th pole of the season.
After winning the World Superbike series in 2009, Spies set his target in the creme de la creme of motorcycle racing. Spies entered into the MotoGP with the Yamaha Tech 3 Racing team. He took two podiums that year and a pole position, and earned himself a spot with the factory team in 2011.
Spies hasn't scored a win in the MotoGP yet, but the Texas Terror has definitely established himself as one of the premier riders in 2011.
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