Superbikes: Ben Spies' Yamaha YZF-R1 - Spy vs. Spies

Uncovering the secret to Big Ben's Sterilgarda Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike

By: Tim Carrithers, Roland Brown, Photography by StudioZac, Yamaha

By The Numbers
Ben Spies
2009 World Superbike Champion


As the sixth American champion earning the ninth American championship in 22 years of World Superbike racing, 25-year-old Ben Spies racked up a stunning record between Phillip Island and Portimao. But the 2009 season stands out in the record books for more than just coming down to the wire.

19 World Superbike race number
462 SBK points earned
6 Points margin over runner-up Noriyuki Haga
6 Laps Haga completed before race-one crash
260 Career SBK starts for Haga
41 Career SBK wins for Haga
28 Career SBK starts for Spies
24 Career SBK finishes
14 Career SBK wins
65 Total Yamaha SBK wins
1 Total Yamaha SBK championships
11 Superpoles, a single-season record
6 Fastest lap of races
17 Podium finishes
0 Previous champs earning zero points in the opening race
16 Finishing position in race one at Phillip Island
2 Younger SBK champs: James Toseland in 2004 (23 years, 11 months) and Troy Corser in 1996 (24 years, 11 months)
12 Position on all-time SBK win list after a single season of racing
94 Diamonds in Spies' $45,000 championship ring
3 AMA Superbike Championships
8 Consecutive AMA Superbike wins
7 Finishing position in Yamaha MotoGP debut at Valencia, Spain
5 2009 FIM roadracing titles earned by Yamaha: Superbike, Supersport, MotoGP, 250cc and 125cc
4 MotoGP appearances before his Yamaha debut at Valencia
61 Laps completed at Valencia MotoGP test
4 Final ranking at Valencia MotoGP test
3 Valentino Rossi's final ranking at Valencia MotoGP test
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