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Your MotoGP Rider of the Year: 4th

You vote Ben Spies 4th in's MotoGP Rider of the Year poll
MotoGP Rider of the Year 2011:
4th Ben Spies
Your score out of 10: 7.32 (average)

Team: Yamaha Factory Racing
Bike: YZR-M1 (factory)
Wins: 1
Podiums: 4
Poles: 0
Championship points: 176 (11 points per start average)
Championship position: 5th

The only new race winner during the 2011 MotoGP season was Ben Spies, who you voted fourth in the 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.'s MotoGP Rider of the Year 2011:
4. Ben Spies 7.32
5. Dani Pedrosa 7.24
6. Andrea Dovizioso 7.07
7. Alvaro Bautista 6.81
8. Colin Edwards 6.20

Tagged as: Yamaha , Ben Spies

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nafa - Unregistered

December 28, 2011 8:58 AM

Please Please say it is'nt so. I know the guy is deceased but to say Simo is in the top three after the way the rest of the results have fallen for the top ten shootout is stupid. Once on the podium does not make a top three rider of the year. I know that it's not all about results but surely a big head of hair matters little in the scheme of things. He had potential that was not shown. We will never know his true potential but don't insult his memory with feel good votes..

Maxi Fan - Unregistered

December 28, 2011 8:45 AM

I agree with you guys who have posted previously.I dont know who voted in this or what their thinking was. Ben lovely guy great rider but a huge disappointment this year.Just cannot figure out what people were thinking about, maybe I was not watching the same thing as the rest this year.

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