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Spies close to revealing 2010 decision

Ben Spies says he knows where he wants to race in 2010, but refused to leave any hints as to whether he is remaining in the World Superbike Championship or graduating to MotoGP.

Having been originally earmarked for a move to MotoGP with Rizla Suzuki straight from AMA Superbikes last season, Spies joined Yamaha in World Superbikes when the deal fell through.

Since then, speculation about Spies' future has been rife following his explosive arrival on the World Superbike scene, the American's rookie season having yielded eight pole positions and ten wins in 18 races thus far.

Having been linked to a number of teams, both in World Superbikes and MotoGP, Spies was nonetheless remaining coy about his future plans, laughing off some of the 'wilder' speculation in the process.

“No decision has been made,” he told Crash.net Radio. “People have been making a lot of offers, but at the moment I am focused on trying to win.

“It is good to have people coming to you, but it gets frustrating too with all the rumours. I think it is funny that I am hearing I'm about to sign with a team I haven't talked to, and then there are other teams that I have that no-one is making rumours about. But that's media and that is what they do!

“It's a good problem to have at the end of the day. I know what I want to do next year, but I'm not letting anyone in on it. Something will come out soon enough…

Spies's double win at Donington Park has put him within 14 points of Noriyuki Haga in the overall standings.


Tagged as: Yamaha , world , 2010 , superbikes , Ben Spies

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PointofApex - Unregistered

June 30, 2009 12:44 PM

I've said it before. I can't see Ben going to MotoGP. It's only logical. Why go to a series where the machinery determines the running order? A boring series at that! World Superbikes, bar none, is the best to watch, with the best real world riders on the best production based machines. If you want MotoGP to shine brighter than WSBK, take their traction control down a few notches and bring back the 990 displacement. You know, it's a pleasure to delete the MotoGP races off my DVR these days. Spies is intelligent and if the logic is clear enough, he'll stay right where he is with Yamaha. And, thank you, Ben. We are witnessing something beautiful with your skills.

Joe Blow - Unregistered

June 30, 2009 1:07 PM

While I agree with Airwave's comments above, I think spies won't be satisfied till he's got a MotoGP ride. If you've followed him in AM, you know that he was very vocal about wanting to get to MotoGP, and when he wasn't able to secure a ride only went to WSBK reluctantly. i don't see how one season of dominating lesser riders in WSBK has made him change his mind. spies wants to test himself against the best, and that means Rossi and Lorenzo. Spies will be riding for Tech3 next year. Toseland goes back to WSBK. And Spies will run up front in MotoGP. Mark it down. It will be fascinating to watch Spies run against Rossi and Lorenzo



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