It has been three years since Ben Spies took the WSB championship as a rookie, shocking the European race community with his skill aboard an all-new Yamaha R1. The top BMW WSB team next year will be run by Serafino Foti, who has confirmed in an interview given a few days ago at Silverstone that he is 70 to 80 percent sure Ben Spies will ride a BMW in the WSB championship next year as a teammate of Marco Melandri.
Spies, of course, announced a couple of weeks ago that he would be leaving the Yamaha MotoGP squad after this season.
It is generally considered that WSB is a friendlier, less political atmosphere for riders, and this could have played into Spies decision. BMW is not in MotoGP, of course, and it is therefore likely that Spies could command a hefty salary from the team sponsored by the German automobile/motorcycle manufacturer. It is no secret that BMW wants to win the WSB championship next year (whether it wins it this year or not) by partnering a very strong rider with Marco Melandri.