Photo of the Week: The First of Many

06/28/2011 @ 9:09 am, by Scott Jones9 COMMENTS

At the 2011 Dutch Grand Prix, American Ben Spies became the only rider other than Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo, and Dani Pedrosa to win a dry 800cc GP race. Spies led every lap in a fashion reminiscent of his days as 3-time AMA champion, where he was known as a rider so mentally tough from his years of being Mat Mladin’s teammate that once a lead was achieved, he could manage it until the end of the race without mistakes.

Spies also had great timing for his first MotroGP win, as Yamaha was celebrating 50 years of Grand Prix racing with a retro red and white livery and honored guests such as Giacomo Agostini and Phil Read in attendance. Congratulations to Ben and his crew, and to Yamaha for reaching the top of the podium on this historic occasion in the company’s history.

Scott Jones is a professional photographer known for his great action shots and poignant candids when covering MotoGP and WSBK racing events. You may have already seen his work on MotoMatters (they still have more calendars available that feature Scott’s work by the way). Not only do we like Scott’s shots, but he fits right in with our all Nikon-totting office.

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  • V

    Dovizioso, Capirosi and Vermeulen have also won 1 race each on 800cc bikes.

  • Shane

    Yea, you need to add the qualifier “dry”.


    Congrats Ben! !

  • lord_tizzle

    my thoughts exactly. that color is way better.

  • Thanks for typo correction, V an Shane.

    And I agree that the white and red looks better than the white and blue. I’d love to See Yamaha stick with it for the rest of the season.

  • Astro

    That bike will end up in the Yamaha museum in Hammamatsu for sure.

    That is a place you have to go if you ever visit Japan.
    A mind blowing display with everything from F1 cars to helecopters and of course all the famous racers from now to year dot.

    Congratulations Ben.

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  • Arnoldo

    Most definitely, but the museum, called the Yamaha Communication Plaza, is in Iwata (about 20 minutes’ drive from Hamamatsu). Amazing collection of Yamaha Motor history and products, and well worth a visit.

  • Shawn Ting

    White and red is nice, but my vote goes to the yellow/black/white.