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Written by Taryn Kukucka, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.comspies_august

Yamaha World Superbike rookie, Ben Spies knows exactly what it takes to win races. His rise to fame and his race results are proving that he has what it takes to race with the best.


  • 26 year old from Texas
  • Began racing when he was 8 years old
  • World Superbike Champion in 2009
  • MotoGP rookie for Yamaha
  • Third-place finish at Silverstone, England
  • Circuit lap record at Losail, Qatar
  • First World Champion for Yamaha World Superbike team
  • Eighth-place finish at the German Grand Prix in Saxony
  • “My goal this year is to be in the top 10.” -Spies


  • Yamaha
  • 330-pound, 250-horsepower
  • 800cc engine
  • Zero to 100 mph in five seconds

Laguna Seca

  • Motorcycle racing U.S. debut was at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
  • Laguna circuit: 2.238 mile, 11-turns
  • Raced with an injured ankle that happened at the French Grand Prix
  • MotoGP World Standing: 77 points
  • “Move carefully and hold on. One quick move or weight change and you’re going to Mars.”

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