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Spies 15th on WSBK win table.

Despite a tough time at Imola, Ben Spies can still finish his first World Superbike season as world champion - and as high as ninth on the all-time WSBK win list!

Yamaha's rookie sensation has won 12 of the 24 races held so far this year, placing him 15th on the all-time list and making him the third most successful rider on the grid, behind only Noriyuki Haga (40 wins) and Troy Corser (33 wins).

Should Spies win all four of the remaining races - he has won three races in a row twice this season - then he would not only overturn Haga's slim three-point title advantage, but also vault ahead of Aaron Slight (13 wins), Scott Russell and John Kocinski (14 wins) on the victory list.

16 wins for Spies would put him equal ninth overall with 2003 world champion Neil Hodgson (147 races), 2004/2007 world champion James Toseland (168 races) and Giancarlo Falappa (106 races).

Unsurprisingly, the 50% win rate enjoyed by Spies so far this season is easily the highest by any full time WSBK rider. The next best is 34% by triple world champion Troy Bayliss.

Spies is rumoured to be moving to MotoGP next season, in place of Toseland, at Tech 3 Yamaha.


Tagged as: Yamaha , Ben Spies

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ffwdm5 - Unregistered

September 29, 2009 4:00 PM

"after all simonchelli the man cub came 3rd at the first meet hows ben supposed to handle the speed of rossi,pedrosa,lorenzo & stoner im really looking forward to spies in gp and im sure rossi is quietly waiting too" Hmm. Comparing Marco and Ben on their first race weekend in WSBK, then Ben still comes out ahead. He finished 16th in race 1 at PI (his first outing) and won the next race. Marco crashed in race 1 at Imola and finished 3rd in the next race. Even then, you can't compare the two at Imola. Marco on a one-off weekend while Ben is in a title fight. MS had nothing to lose by riding at (or over) the limit, while Ben had to use some discretion to keep the title in reach.

Bliz - Unregistered

September 29, 2009 6:19 PM

WSBK is weak this year!?!?!?!?! What a load of dung! The track record has been broken at EVERY SINGLE EVENT except Misano. Spies and Biaggi ran the entire race at Donington under the track record. On the contrary, the pace has never been higher. This is one of the FASTEST WSBK paddocks ever. Get your facts straight.



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