Reigning World Superbike champion Spies made three MotoGP starts for Suzuki in 2008, then had a wild-card ride for Yamaha at Valencia 2009, before starting his first full season in 2010.
The podium was Tech 3's first since the 2009 British Grand Prix, at Donington Park, when Colin Edwards finished second, and the first of the 2010 season by a satellite rider.
“We knew Ben really liked this circuit and we thought he could do a good race,” said team manager Herve Poncharal. “But he rode an incredible race because he didn't get a fantastic start but he was very aggressive in the first two laps and got himself into contention. He never let that group in front of him go away and we know his strength is on worn tyres, so we expected him to hang in until the end.
“He was quickest on track at one stage but I was worried a little bit because Casey was catching quite quickly. But he kept his cool and made some good passes and the best was on the last lap to beat Nicky. It his first podium in MotoGP and certainly not his last because he is such a bright talent for the future.”
Edwards finished ninth at the new British Grand Prix venue.
“I don't want to be finishing in ninth at all but honestly I'm reasonably happy with the way I rode and it was a lot better than I expected after what has been a tough weekend,” he said.
“The bike isn't agile enough and having to muscle it around gave me a small arm pump problem, but not as bad as Mugello. If I could get the bike to go where I want it to go I could save lots of time, but we've got some ideas for the future. It was a bit of a lonely race but I rode as hard as I could for as long as I could.
“I want to congratulate Ben though because he did an awesome job and I've got nothing but admiration for him. He showed today what a great rider he is and it is great for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team to be back on the podium.”