Spies stays with Yamaha for 2012

Spies stays with Yamaha for 2012

8 June 2011 – Yamaha have confirmed that Ben Spies will be remaining with the outfit for at least one more season. The American, who first partnered Champion Jorge Lorenzo by replacing Valentino Rossi at the start of this year, has signed a one-season extension which takes him through to the end of 2012.

“I am very happy to say that I will remain a part of the Yamaha family and that I will continue in the MotoGP series for 2012,” Spies, who currently sits seventh in the championship, said on Wednesday afternoon.

“This is a privileged time of my career, riding for the most successful team in recent years at the very highest racing level. Yamaha has been great in supporting me through World Superbike and on to MotoGP and I want to thank them for all they have done and for giving me their trust to continue in MotoGP in 2012. I especially would like to say thank you to Lin Jarvis and Masahiko Nakajima for their support.”

“We are obviously delighted to announce the continuation of our partnership with Ben for the 2012 season and we hope that he will remain at Yamaha for many years to come,” adds Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing.

“Ben has shown his ability to successfully compete at the highest level, firstly by becoming Yamaha’s first World Superbike champion in 2009 and then attaining the status of best rookie in 2010 with the Tech3 Yamaha Team.

“His transition to the Yamaha Factory Racing team in 2011 has just begun and we have every confidence in Ben’s abilities and high potential for the future. This timely decision now allows us to concentrate on the present championship and, in parallel, to prepare for our 2012 MotoGP programme with the change to the 1000cc bikes.”

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