Spies' wildcard Yamaha M1 unveiled

Elbowz returns to #11

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Nov. 04, 2009
Yamaha has unveiled the one-off YZR-M1 Ben Spies will race in his wildcard entry to the season-ending Valencia round.

The M1 will be dressed in Sterilgarda Yamaha livery similar to Spies World Superbike-winning R1.

Im really excited for the opportunity to race at Valencia this weekend, says Spies. Im fully aware that MotoGP is a big step up from World Superbike and realize its not going to be possible to achieve the same results in my first year there. I see this weekend as an opportunity to spend some time on the bike and start learning it for next season, and to have some fun as well!

Ben Spies will sport a familiar number and familiar livery in his Valencia wildcard ride.

Spies will race as number 11, the number he used in his AMA days. Spies switched to 19 when he entered the WSBK Championship as 11 was used by Troy Corser. Spanish rider Alvaro Bautista also wears 19 but 11 was available. Spies will likely continue using 11 when he becomes a full-time member of Tech 3 Yamaha in 2010.