With his fifth place finish at Phillip Island yesterday, Ben Spies (Yamaha) wrapped up Rookie of the Year for the 2010 MotoGP series. Although two races remain, Spies’ points lead over Marco Simoncelli (Honda) is more than 60. Simoncelli, a former 250cc World champion with 12 Grand Prix victories, ranks higher than the other two rookies in the series, but has not been able to run with Spies, despite the fact he is familiar with all of the MotoGP tracks, while Spies was not familiar with many of them before this year. Of course, Spies has been bumped up to the Yamaha factory team next year joining Jorge Lorenzo, this year’s champion.
- October 18, 2010
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