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Ben Spies

Ben Spies
Spies at the 2010 Qatar Grand Prix.
NameBen Spies
CaptionSpies at the 2010 Qatar Grand Prix.
NationalityUS American
Birth DateJuly 11, 1984(age 31)
Birth PlaceGermantown, Tennessee, United States
Current TeamYamaha Factory Racing
Bike Number11
MotoGP Active Years2008 present
MotoGP ManufacturersSuzuki (2008)
Yamaha (2009 present)
MotoGP Championships0
MotoGP Race Starts36
MotoGP Race Wins1
MotoGP Podiums5
MotoGP Poles1
MotoGP Fastest Laps1
MotoGP Total Points361
MotoGP Last Season2010
MotoGP Last Position6th (176 pts)
SBK Active Years2009
SBK ManufacturersYamaha
SBK Championships1 (2009)
SBK Race Starts28
SBK Race Wins14
SBK Podiums17
SBK Poles11
SBK Fastest Laps6
SBK Total Points462

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Ben Spies ( ) (born July 11, 1984 in Germantown, Tennessee), also known as "Elbowz" due to his riding style where his elbows protrude outward, is a professional motorcycle road racer who turned pro in 2000. He won the AMA Superbike Championship for Yoshimura Suzuki in (only the second time since that his team-mate Mat Mladin had not won it), and successfully defended it in and .

For 2009 he raced in the Superbike World Championship series for the Yamaha Italia team; winning the championship in his rookie year by six points over rival Noriyuki Haga. He started racing on Yamaha YSR50cc bikes with the Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association in Texas as a pre-teen. Spies currently lives near Lake Como in Italy.


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