Texan Ben Spies Claims his First Ever MotoGP Race Win
American Rider Eyeing Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix
Texan Ben Spies chose to kick off Yamaha’s 50th Anniversary of Grand Prix Racing in style by delivering a flawless performance at the Assen TT to claim his first ever MotoGP race win. Spies had been on form all weekend delivering consistent fast race pace in all sessions whether wet or dry and been beaten to pole by a mere 0.009 seconds by Marco Simoncelli.
A great start saw him leading the race from the first corner, quickly building a sizeable gap to Casey Stoner in chase which he held and extended to over 7.6 seconds by the checkered flag. The victory was all the sweeter for being delivered riding in the special red and white livery to mark the anniversary celebrations.
Meanwhile, teammate Jorge Lorenzo delivered a true champion’s performance after being cause to crash on the first lap by Marco Simoncelli. Lorenzo quickly remounted and charged from the back of the pack through to claim an impressive sixth place finish and salvage valuable championship points from the unfortunate incident.
Yamaha Factory Racing will arrive at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca July 22-24 for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix with its special 50th anniversary livery. And according to Spies, it’s a livery he is especially fond of after capturing his first MotoGP win.