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.