If you’re a big MotoGP™ fan you can stop screaming and listen to how you can be there to meet Ben Spies in just over two weeks! For folks new to MotoGP™, suffice it to say Ben Spies is a big deal. Spies is a US rider who's young career has yielded a long list of accolades and accomplishments.
For fans both old and new, read on to learn more about Spies, where he’ll be at the 2014 MotoGP™ Championship at Circuit of the Americas™ and how YOU can meet him!
- Spies was born July 11, 1984, (29 years old) in Dallas, TX
- His nickname is ‘Elbowz’ for the way his elbows stick out when he rides
- He began racing at the young age of 8
- Spies turned pro at the age of 16, in 2000
- In 2004, won the Infineon Speedway round of the AMA Supersport Championship
- He earned 2nd place in the 2005 standings by winning the AMA Superbike race at California, and making it to the podium 13 times.
- From 2006-2008, he won the ABA Superbike championships (becoming only the 4th person to win the title three consecutive times)
- In Europe in 2009 Spies became Yamaha’s first ever World Superbike Champion, accomplishing the feat in his rookie year
Spies and MotoGP™
In 2008, Spies replaced an injured Loris Capirossi to secure the 14th place finish at the British Grand Prix. At the Laguna Seca race he finished in eighth, at Indianapolis he took sixth place, and in his final race of the year came in at seventh.
Spies was officially part of the Yamaha team at the end of 2009. He raced at Valencia, the final race of the season, and finished seventh. In 2010, Spies earned Rookie of the Year honors after taking third place at Silverstone and second place in Indianapolis, and finished sixth overall on the season.
In 2011, Spies started the season with two sixth place finishes and two crashes before reaching the podium with a third place finish at Catalunya. In Assen, he achieved his first MotoGP win, edging out his teammate Jorge Lorenzo. Spies saw success in his next few races before having to withdraw at the Australian GP due to injuries (similar to the Malaysian GP).
In 2012, he retired from several races, including the rest of the season after Malaysia. He finished tenth in the championship standings. In 2013, he finished only two races after suffering several injuries. After an attempt to return in Indianapolis, he crashed and was ruled out for the rest of the 2013 season. In October of 2013, Spies announced he was retiring from racing due to injuries.
Spies has recently spoken out to his followers on Twitter to confirm that he will not be returning. In response to a fan asking why he won't get back on a bike:
Meet Spies in Austin!
While there won’t be another opportunity to see Spies race, there is a way to meet and hang out with him: at Circuit of the Americas™ for the 2014 MotoGP® Championship!
With Official 2014 MotoGP® Austin Ticket Packages get access to an exclusive on-site party! The party is option Friday through Sunday, has gourmet food buffets, premium beverage options, tons of seating, entertainment, coverage of the races and most important, a celebrity appearance with Ben Spies!
Official Packages also include tickets to the event, pit land walks, shuttle access (to make getting around the circuit a breeze!), fast access passes to skip the lines, optional accommodations and ground transportation and more!