The term “strike while the iron is hot” comes to mind with the news that Ben Spies is currently in talks to re-up his contract with Yamaha. Already contracted to ride with the factory Yamaha team in the 2011 season, Spies is looking to cash in on his MotoGP Rookie of the Year title, and lock up a deal with Yamaha Racing that would see the Texan on the squad through 2013.
Spies clearly has a long career still ahead of him in MotoGP, and with the American helping develop the 2012 Yamaha YZR-M1, both the Spies and Yamaha would like to see the Texan around to enjoy the fruits of his labor. Yamaha Racing boss Lin Jarvis and Spies hope to come to some sort of agreement by the end of this season, whether that contract will before for two years, or one year with an option for another, still remains to be seen though.
One thing is for certain however, fans in the United States will be excited to see the currently top-ranked American secure his place in GP racing in the coming years.