About Ben Spies
Ben Spies is an American former motorcycle racer.
Ben Spies is known as Elbowz because of his impressive motorbike riding technique, which features his elbow sticking outward. For his brilliant racing skills in 2006, he won the title of AMA Superbike for Yoshimura Suzuki and the next two consecutive years, 2007 and 2008.
In 2009, Ben Spies participated in the Superbike World Championship for the Yamaha Italia team. Fortunately, he won the championship against rival Noriyuki Haga by six points. When Ben Spies was only eight years old in this field, he participated in Central Motorcycle Road racing Association in Texas with Yamaha YSR50cc bikes.
Due to permanent shoulder injuries after two devastating crashes, this motorcycle racer announced his retirement on October 26, 2013.
Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits
What is Ben Spies's net worth?
Ben Spies's net worth is estimated to be around $5 million.
How much does Ben Spies earn per year?
Ben Spies earns approximately $4,20,000 per year.
Height, Age & Physical Attributes
How tall is Ben Spies?
Ben Spies is around 5 ft.11 in (180 cm) tall.
How old is Ben Spies?
Ben Spies is around 38 years old as of 2022. He was born on July 11, 1984.
Childhood And Education
Ben Spies is native to Memphis, Tennessee. At the age of five, he started as a motorcycle racer. In 1993 at the age of eight, he was a motorcycle racer racing with CMRA. In 1994, Ben Spies won the YSR championship. In 1995, he won the 80cc championship. At the age of 12, Ben Spies traveled outside of Texas to WERA races and started to ride the 125 Grand Prix bikes.
As a motorcycle racer, he started to ride 600s motorbikes and won many championships when Ben Spies was just 14 years old.
In 2000, at the age of 15, Ben Spies signed with Suzuki and started his extensive AMA career.
Family, Romance, And Relationships
Who is Ben Spies dating?
Ben Spies was in a relationship with Leticia Cline from 2006 to 2007. He is single as of 2022.
Career And Professional Highlights
Best Known For…
In 2000, Ben Spies started as a professional motorcycle racer and raced for the Valvoline Suzuki team. He came fifth place in the Pikes Peak International Raceway. In 2000, Ben Spies qualified for the AMA Supersport Championship series even during his rookie season.
In 2001, Ben Spies raced for the Valvoline Suzuki team again; he won the AMA 750 SuperStock Championship, the peak round. After this, the American Suzuki placed him in with Attack Suzuki.
In 2002, Ben Spies joined the Attack Suzuki team and was paired with Jason Pridmore. In AMA Formula Xtreme, he was in four top-five finishes, and in AMA Supersport, he was in three top-five finishes. Unfortunately, for much of the season, he had a knee injury.
In 2003, Ben Spies raced for the American Suzuki team and won the AMA Formula Xtreme Championship. He also participated in the AMA Supersport and won at the Road Atlanta. His best for that year was at the Daytona Intl Speedway at the AMA Superbike; he was placed seventh.
In 2004, again, Ben Spies raced for the team of American Suzuki in the AMA Supersport Championship and won at the Infineon Raceway. He also won at the Road Atlanta and California Speedway in the AMA Championship and earned two more podium finishes.
In 2006 Ben Spies joined the team of Yoshimura Suzuki. This motorcycle racer earned seven more podium finishes and won the Championship of AMA Superbike. The motorcycle racer won six times and went on to take the title of the six-time series AMA Superbike record by Mat Mladin. Ben Spies also participated in the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca at the AMA Supersport events. Here also, the motorcycle racer earned a podium finish.
In 2008, Ben Spies won the AMA Championship and became the only player in history who won the title for three consecutive years. Previously, the record was set by Mat Mladin, Reg Pridmore, and Fred Merkel. That year's win meant that Ben Spies won the AMA Championship title for seven years.
The Roadracing World Action Fund purchased soft barriers for around $28500, which led to a deficit of $13000. Ben Spies and his mom/ manager donated $10000 and $5000, respectively.
In 2011, Ben Spies presented a signed race-day helmet as a part of the charity for Charlie Moody Foundation.
What awards has Ben Spies won?
In 2006, Ben Spies won the Championship of AMA Superbike Championship for Yoshimura Suzuki. He won the MotoGP World Championship two times, that is, in 2008 and 2009. Ben won the 2009 Superbike World Championship and the MotoGP World Championship from 2010 to 2013. He even won the AMA Horizon Award.
Other Interesting Ben Spies Facts And Trivia
Ben Spies signed a professional contract with Suzuki when he was only 15 years.
In 2005, Ben Spies raced for the American Suzuki team and again participated in the AMA Supersport Championship and won at the California Speedway with 13 additional podium finishes.
In 2007, in the history of the AMA Superbike Championship, it was the tightest match ever; Ben Spies won with a single point to Mat Mladin. Ben Spies had seven wins during that season and earned 12 additional podium finishes.
Ben Spies won Superbike pole position in around nine events. He won the AMA Superstock championship with seven pole positions and seven wins.
Ben Spies was the first American to win the WSBK race. In 2011, he won the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Ben Spies has been living in Italy since his retirement in 2013, when two accidents left him with irreparable shoulder injuries.
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