MotoGP Rider of the Year 2011:
Your score out of 10:
Yamaha Factory Racing
176 (11 points per start average)
The only new race winner during the 2011 MotoGP season was Ben Spies, who you voted fourth in the Crash.net MotoGP Rider of the Year poll, with an average score of 7.32 out of 10.
The Texan, riding in his first season as a factory Yamaha rider, achieved his pre-season goal of a race win with a dominant performance at Assen. The Texan added three further podiums to end the season fifth in the world championship - one place higher than during his rookie 2010 campaign.
On the downside, Spies was unable to regularly threaten team-mate and reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo - who scored three wins, ten podiums and 84 points more than Spies.
Lorenzo missed the last two races and Spies was also side-lined following a heavy fall in Australia. Spies failed to finish three further races, including at Estoril, when a clamp was mistakenly left on his bike for the start of the race.
Spies looked set to make a perfect return as he led out of the last corner at the Valencia finale, only to be beaten to the line by Casey Stoner.
Crash.net's MotoGP Rider of the Year 2011:
4. Ben Spies 7.32
5. Dani Pedrosa
6. Andrea Dovizioso
7. Alvaro Bautista
8. Colin Edwards