Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is a motorcycle in the Ninja sport bike series from the Japanese manufacturer Kawasaki, the successor to the Ninja ZX-9R. It was released in 2004 and has been updated and revised throughout the years, it combines an ultra-narrow chassis, low weight, radial brakes. In 2004 and 2005 the ZX-10R won Best Superbike from Cycle World magazine, the international Masterbike competition. Kawasaki engineers used a stacked design for a liquid-cooled, 998 cc inline four-cylinder engine; the crankshaft axis, input shaft and output shaft of the Ninja ZX-10R engine are positioned in a triangular layout to reduce engine length, while the high-speed generator is placed behind the cylinder bank to reduce engine width. With a bore and stroke of 76 mm × 55 mm, the ZX-10R engine's one-piece cylinder and crankcase assembly reduces weight and increases rigidity; the DOHC are machined from chromoly steel, built for strength. In addition to liquid cooling, the ZX-10R engine has an oil cooler adjacent to the oil filter to reduce oil temperatures.
Slosh analysis was used to design the internal structure of the oil pan, thereby reducing windage losses and helping to maintain low oil temperatures. A multi-plate wet slipper clutch transfers power to a six-speed, close-ratio transmission ideal for closed-course competition; the back-torque limiter automatically disengages the clutch under hard downshifting at high engine speeds to prevent rear wheel hop during corner entry. A new six spoke wheel design is claimed to be as light as special purpose race wheels. Since the 2006 model the sidewall profile of the rear tire has been increased from 190/50/ZR17 to 190/55/ZR17; the 2004 model was the debut of the Ninja ZX-10R with minor updates in 2005. It was compact with a high power-to-weight ratio, which helped the handling; the exhaust system was titanium with single muffler. Among other changes, the 2006 model had twin underseat exhausts which contributed to a 5 kg increase in dry weight; the engine remained unchanged. The 2006 ZX1000D6F model carried over with only color scheme changes.
The most noticeable difference between 2006 and 2007 is that the heat-shields on the exhaust pipes are black on the 2007 ZX10R, 2006 came with silver ones. The ZX-10R was all new for its launch for the 2008 model year. There was a dramatic change in appearance with the bike with a much more angular front end. Kawasaki moved away from the twin underseat exhausts of the 2006–2007 model to a more conventional single side exhaust; the compression ratio of the engine was raised. The 2009 model received only slight changes to the transmission from the 2008 model; the shift shaft was upgraded to allow smoother shifts. The 2010 model received slight changes from the 2009 model, upgraded Öhlins steering damper, headlights were recessed into the fairing and the individual fairing centre section pieces where now fused into one moulding; the 2011 ZX-10R underwent major overhaul both visually. Most notably, Kawasaki introduced their Sport Kawasaki Traction Control system as standard, it adapts accordingly. New are an ABS option called Kawasaki Intelligent Braking System, a new design, adjustable foot-pegs, larger throttle bodies, a horizontal rear suspension, lighter three-spoke wheels, Showa Big Piston Fork front suspension, an LCD panel dashboard.
The 2012 model is identical to the 2011 with the only exception being the different paint schemes offered. In 2013 the models went under another small revision where the colors offered changed again and the front damper was replaced with an Ohlins electronic front steering dampener. In 2014 the only changes were different colors. In 2015 the only color offered. Tom Sykes in 2013 became the first Superbike World Champion for Kawasaki since Scott Russell and the first on a ZX-10R. Stuart Easton won the 2014 Macau Grand Prix. Jonathan Rea won the 2015 Superbike World Championship season. Jeremy Toye holds the Heavyweight lap record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb; the 2016 ZX-10R received a major update. With a claimed 210 hp with ram-air intake at 13,000 rpm; the electronics now use a Bosch five-axis Internal Measurement Unit. A sixth degree is calculated by proprietary Kawasaki software; the S-KTRC updated with a quickshifter and engine brake control. Optional smarter KIBS cornering ABS; because of its predictive as opposed to reactive nature, Kawasaki touts this system of S-KTRC as the most advanced of all current traction control systems.
Some of the changes mechanically that are now lighter are the slipper clutch, balancer,crankshaft as well as pistons. A less restrictive air filter and larger air box as well as a lighter less restrictive exhaust system. A new transmission, cassette style is vertically stacked; the previous petal rotors that have been in use since 2004 are now replaced with circular rotors. They are now larger from 310 mm to now 330 mm; the calipers are now Brembo M50 Monoblock and the master cylinder is a radial Brembo. The brake lines are now braided stainless-steel. A first for production sport bikes a 43 mm Showa Balance Free Fork derived from WSBK. Kawasaki offers Race Kit parts for chassis and engine. Kawasaki released the ZX-10RR with modified cylinder head. Race-kit parts can be ordered such as high lift cams, DLC coated valv
Shinya Nakano is a retired Japanese Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Superbike rider. He is not related to the former Formula One racer Shinji Nakano. Nakano was All-Japan 250cc champion in 1998, the highlight of a long career in both 125cc and 250cc Japanese national championships. Nakano moved to international competition full-time in 1999, adjusting to 250cc Grand Prix racing finishing fourth overall with five podium finishes. In 2000 Nakano and teammate Olivier Jacque battled with Daijiro Kato for the title, which went to Jacque. Nakano set the fastest 250cc lap at Motegi in 2000, a record that stood until 2008 – the longest standing lap record in the series. For 2001 the Tech 3 team moved up to the 500cc World Championship, which would become MotoGP in 2002. Despite having semi-works machinery, Nakano only managed to finish fifth in the championship. Nakano started 2002 on a 500cc two-stroke machine, but the team was able to provide the newer 990cc four-stroke by the end of the season.
2003 was less successful prompting a move to Kawasaki for 2004. Kawasaki suffered a disastrous debut year with Garry McCoy and Andrew Pitt, before the team improved with Nakano on board; the team's first podium came at the 2004 Japanese Grand Prix and two seasons of consistent results earned him a pair of 10th place championship finishes. In 2006 Nakano was able to produce strong qualifying runs but less competitive races, a trait of the Bridgestone tyres. Two jump-start penalties did not help Nakano's results. At the 2006 Australian Grand Prix, Nakano started on the front row and lead the early laps, before switching to wet tyres too late and not being competitive on them. For 2007 Nakano joined Konica Minolta Honda. Results were thin in 2007, with only a handful of top 10 race results. Rumors began that Nakano might make the move to the competitive World Superbike Championship for the 2008 season. However, Nakano joined Fausto Gresini's MotoGP team, replacing Toni Elías. Bringing experience with Bridgestone tyres and Honda bikes, he had a solid if unspectacular season, scoring more points in the first half of 2008 than in the whole of 2007.
At Brno, Nakano was given the factory spring-valve Honda RC212V, beginning a string of improved results. Nakano left the Gresini team at the end of the 2008 season, following the team's decision to sign Alice Ducati rider Toni Elías for 2009. In 2009, Nakano was signed by Aprilia along with Max Biaggi for their return to the World Superbike Championship after a three-year absence, he finished the season in 14th place. On October 28, 2009, Nakano announced; the decision followed a season in which he had struggled with injury problems, including a broken collarbone and a neck injury that kept him out of the final three rounds of the season. Media related to Shinya Nakano at Wikimedia Commons Official website
The Suzuki GSX-R1000 is a sport bike from Suzuki's GSX-R series of motorcycles. It was introduced in 2001 to replace the GSX-R1100 and is powered by a liquid-cooled 999 cc inline four-cylinder, four-stroke engine. For 2001, Suzuki introduced a new GSX-R model that replaced the largest and most powerful model of the GSX-R series sport bike, the GSX-R1100, with the all new GSX-R1000; as the model name revealed, the engine's cylinder displacement was 1,000 cc, about 100 cc smaller than its predecessor. The GSX-R1000 was not just an enlarged version of the GSX-R750, although it shared many features with its little brother; the main frame is the same in both models, but the material used on the big brother was.5 mm thicker. Suzuki claimed the torsional rigidity of the frame had increased 10% in comparison with the GSX-R750; the GSX-R1000 engine was a redesigned GSX-R750 engine. The R1000 had a 1 mm bigger bore and 13 mm longer stroke, newly designed pistons with lower crown, gear-driven counter balancer.
The engine weighed 130 lb, heavier than the 750 engine but 31 lb lighter than the engine of the GSX1300R. The performance of the engine is a peak of 160 bhp at 9,500 rpm, as measured on the crank and 143 hp, when measured on the rear wheel with small variations between different instances of the same model; the redline is set at 12,000 rpm. The maximum torque of the engine is 80 ft⋅lbf at 8,000 rpm. Combined with a total weight of 374 lb this gives the GSX-R1000 a top speed of 173 mph, a 1/4 mile time of 10.1 seconds at 141.7 mph, a 0 to 100 km/h time of 3 seconds. Using titanium for the exhaust down pipe and the inside of the silencer, enabled the 1000s exhaust system to become 4 lb lighter than that of the 750. Titanium was used in the front fork to coat the stanchions. An exhaust tuning valve had been mounted inside the exhaust pipe. Using a servo the system dynamically adjusted the exhaust back pressure, according to engine speed, throttle position, gear selection for increased torque, lower emissions, decreased noise—the exhaust noise of the GSX-R1000 is notably lower than that of the GSX-R600.
With the 2001 model of the GSX-R1000, the 1998 Yamaha YZF-R1 was surpassed with the GSX-R being lighter and more powerful. The 2001 model carried over to 2002 with minimal changes. 2002 introduced i.a. modifications to the fuel pump, front axle, torque link and luggage hooks. The manual fast-idle was replaced with a computer operated implementation. New colours, new GSXR stickers. After the GSX-R1000 had been three years on the roads and race tracks, Suzuki put out a new version of the model in late September 2002. Suzuki engineers had been working on the three things; the 2003 year's GSX-R1000 was improved in all three counts. It had more power/torque and handled better; the physical dimensions of the bike were identical with the previous year's model. The seat height and the overall height were somewhat lower but the geometry of the bike was the same as before; the rigid aluminum alloy frame was newly designed and enforced with internal ribs there was an updated headlight and tail fairing. The frame as well as the wheels were now coated black.
The front brakes were new. Suzuki decided to drop the six-piston calipers; the new radially mounted four-piston calipers weigh 30 grams less and grip smaller 300 mm discs that save another 300 g. Though smaller, Suzuki claimed that the new brakes provide turn-in performance; the headlights of the 2003 year's GSX-R1000 were mounted vertically to enable the ram-air intakes in the front to be placed 20 mm nearer the bike's center line. The new design was much inspired by the look of the Hayabusa; the instruments were redesigned. The cylinder displacement of the engine remained the same 988 cc, but more power/torque and better throttle response had been achieved by adding four ventilation holes between the cylinders to equalize crankcase pressure beneath the pistons, moving the air intake nearer to the centerline and upgrading the engine management system from a 16-bit to a 32-bit ECU; the entire exhaust system was now made of titanium to save an additional 1.32 lb and the tail light was replaced with LEDs.
The 2003 model carried over to 2004 without any significant improvements. The 2005 model year GSX-R1000 had chassis, it had 4.4 lb lower weight than the previous model and the engine had an 11 cc larger piston displacement. It had a new frame reducing the total length of the bike by 1.6 in but reducing its wheelbase only 0.02 in. There were 310 mm discs at the front; the new titanium silencer was said to be designed to reduce turbulence to minimum. This model weighs in at a mere 365 lbs dry, putting it towards the top of the power-to-weight ratio charts; this weight reduction came at a cost of durability issues with the 2005-2006 models experiencing frame cracking. The 2005 model has a tested wet weight of 444 lb. Power output is tested at 147.3 hp and peak torque is 75.4 ft⋅lbf both at the rear wheel. The 2005 model carried over to 2006 without any significant improvements other than a few appearance changes; the 2006 model had a measured top speed of 178 mph. On September 22, 2006, Suzuki revealed a updated GSX-R1000 for 2007 at
Michel Fabrizio is a professional motorcycle road racer. From 2006 to 2015, he raced in the Superbike World Championship, he competes in the CIV Supersport 600 Championship, aboard a MV Agusta F3 675. Born in Frascati, near Rome, Fabrizio first raced in Minimoto at the age of 6, winning several titles before reaching his teens, he won the Aprilia Challenge in 2001, raced in the 125 cc World Championship for Gilera in 2002, with little success. In 2004 he made his first appearance in MotoGP, with the WCM team, failing to complete the season and finishing the season 22nd cc-gp.htm. In 2005 he raced on a factory Honda, he was 5th overall, with 9 top 5 results in the 12 races. For 2006 Fabrizio was teamed with the veteran Pierfrancesco Chili on privateer Honda machinery, he started his career with eighth at Qatar. He stood in for Toni Elías on MotoGP Fortuna Honda at Donington Park, but crashed in practice and broke his collarbone, he replaced the injured Elías again for the same team in the 2007 German Grand Prix at Sachsenring on July 15, 2007.
At Brno in the 2006 Superbike World Championship, he started tenth, but chose hard-compound tyres, which remained on the pace as other riders faded. In the first race he passed a fading Andrew Pitt as well as Fonsi Nieto, Troy Corser and Noriyuki Haga in the closing laps to score his first Superbike World Championship podium finish. In race two he fared better - after passing James Toseland for fourth towards the end, he caught the battle for second between Haga and Corser; as Corser attempted a move, Fabrizio dived down the inside of both and nearly hitting Haga, before edging ahead of them both to the line improving on his career-best result with a second. His best results of 2007 were two third places, at Brno. In both seasons he was eleventh overall. In 2008 he raced alongside Troy Bayliss for Ducati Xerox Team on the new Ducati 1098, he came third in race one at Philip Island, despite a huge crash at the original start. At Miller Motorsports Park, he qualified on the front row and took a pair of third places, despite dropping to eleventh on lap one of the first race.
He had a double-DNF at Assen, shortly before an arm operation, finished a career-best 8th overall. For 2009, he stays on at Ducati Xerox, his first WSBK win came at Monza. Seven successive podiums followed, cementing his third place in the standings behind Spies; this run ended at Brno. He finished the season third overall. Fabrizio and Haga both continue with the team for 2010; the bike dominated pre-season testing at Phillip Island. After Ducati announced that they would be ending support for their World Superbike operations at the end of the 2010 season, Fabrizio agreed a contract with Team Suzuki Alstare to race in the 2011 Superbike World Championship season. In August 2009, after Casey Stoner announced his intention to withdraw from the next three Grand Prix, it was announced that his place in the Ducati Marlboro team would be taken by Mika Kallio whilst the Finn's place at Pramac Racing would be taken by Fabrizio, his race was marred by physical difficulties, which caused him to retire from the first race in Brno.
Fabrizio being unavailable for the next race in Indianapolis the ride was given to Aleix Espargaró for the remaining two races. Profile on motogp.com Profile on worldsbk.com
Superbike World Championship
Superbike World Championship is a motorsport road racing series for modified production motorcycles known as superbike racing. The championship was founded in 1988; the Superbike World Championship consists of a series of rounds held on permanent racing facilities. Each round has two full length races and one ten lap sprint race known as the Superpole race; the results of all three races are combined to determine two annual World Championships, one for riders and one for manufacturers. The motorcycles that race in the championship are tuned versions of motorcycles available for sale to the public, by contrast with MotoGP where purpose built machines are used. MotoGP is the motorcycle world's equivalent of Formula One, whereas Superbike racing is similar to touring car racing. Europe is leading market. However, rounds have been held in the United States, New Zealand, Japan, Russia, Qatar and South Africa and the series plans on keeping extra-European circuits in rotation. An Indonesian race was proposed for the 2008 season, but this was canceled by the FIM.
The championship is regulated by the international governing body of motorcycle racing. As of 2013 the championship is organised by Dorna; the Superbike World Championship began in 1988, being open to modified versions of road bike models available to the public. For many years, the formula allowed for machines with 1,000 cc V-twin engines to go up against the 750 cc four-cylinder engines. For the first few seasons Honda won with the RC30, but the twins got the upper hand. Using 1,000 cc V-twin engines benefited Ducati and it was able to dominate the championship for many years, but the 750 cc was second or third each year between 1994 and 1999. Held under the FIM, the Formula TT from 1977 to 1989 once constituted the official motorcycle World Cup. Having proven itself both popular and commercially viable, it was decided by the end of the 1990 season to end the Formula TT and the Superbike World Championship would succeed it. From 1993 to 1999 Carl Fogarty and Ducati dominated, Fogarty won the title a record four times and finished as runner-up twice on factory Ducatis.
Troy Corser won the 1996 title and finished as runner-up in 1995, both times on a Ducati. Realizing that 1,000 cc V-twin engines suited the superbike racing formula more, Honda introduced its own V-Twin powered motorcycle the VTR1000 SPW in 2000; the result was clear right away as Colin Edwards won the championship in the bike's first year of competition. Ducati regained the title in 2001 with Troy Bayliss. Colin Edwards again reclaimed the title in 2002 on the same VTR1000 SPW bike. Colin Edwards won his second championship in what was arguably the most impressive comeback in the history of motorcycle racing; the season started with Troy Bayliss winning the first 6 races and by the end of race 1 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca he had 14 wins and was leading the championship by 58 points. Race 2 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca was the start of Colin Edwards' comeback, he went on to win all 9 remaining races and Edwards won the championship at the final race of the season at Imola; the final race of the season saw both riders fighting wheel to wheel for the entire race.
The race is known by fans as the "Showdown at Imola". The manufacturer's championship was won by Ducati. During these years the Superbike World Championship reached the zenith of its popularity, with global fan and full factory support. In 2003 the FIM changed the rules to allow 1,000 cc machines to race. Rule changes in MotoGP to allow four-stroke engines meant that the Japanese manufacturers focused their resources there, leaving the Superbike World Championship with limited factory involvement. 2003 saw the entry of Carl Fogarty’s Foggy Petronas FP1. The bike was developed under the previous regulations and was powered by a three cylinder 900 cc engine. With most of the field running Ducati motorcycles, the championship received the derogatory title "the Ducati Cup"; the factory Ducati Team entered the only two Ducati 999s in the field, taking 20 wins from 24 races in a season where all races were won by Ducati. Neil Hodgson won the title on a factory Ducati. In an effort to create a more competitive field in 2004 organizers announced a series of changes to the championship.
The most significant was that from 2004 the teams have had to run on ` spec' tyres. The decision to award the control tyre to Pirelli was controversial; the Pirelli tyres were considered to be below the standard of Dunlop and Michelin that most of the teams had been using. Dunlop looked to take legal action against the decision while Pirelli claimed that Michelin and Dunlop were asked if they would be interested in the one-make tyre rule contract; as a result of the control tyres, Motorcycle Sports Manufacturer Association announced that no MSMA teams would participate in the Superbike World Championship modifying their statement allowing Ducati to participate. A few privateers chose to run Japanese bikes in 2004. Ten Kate Honda with Chris Vermuelen as its rider, won races and contended for the title, won by James Toseland and Ducati. Following Ten Kate Honda's success Japanese motorcycles made a return in 2005 with major teams from all four Japanese manufacturers run through teams ran by European importers.
Troy Corser won the 2005 championship. 2006 saw the return of Austral
Massimiliano "Max" Biaggi is an Italian former Grand Prix motorcycle road racing World Champion and winner of the 2010 and 2012 World Superbike Championship. Throughout his racing career, he has won the 250cc World Championship four consecutive times, finished as runner-up in both the 500cc and MotoGP championships. In 2007 he switched to the World Superbike Championship, finishing third overall as a rookie and earned his first Superbike World Championship in 2010 becoming only the 2nd European from outside the United Kingdom after Raymond Roche to do so. Biaggi announced his retirement from racing on 7 November 2012, he has been nicknamed'il Corsaro' and'the Roman Emperor'. Biaggi was more interested in football as a child, but in 1989, after he was given a motorcycle for his seventeenth birthday, he began his racing career in the 125cc class at age eighteen. In 1990 he won the Italian Sport Production Championship. Following his success in 125cc, Biaggi moved up to the 250cc class. In 1991, Biaggi finished second behind British rider Woolsey Coulter in the European 250cc championship on an Aprilia RS250, that same year he finished twenty-seventh in the Grand Prix motorcycle 250cc world championship riding for the same manufacturer.
In 1992, Biaggi completed his first entire season in 250cc Grand Prix for Aprilia, finished the season fifth overall. In that same season he took his first victory in South Africa; the following season, Biaggi joined Honda, finished fourth in the championship standings, including a single victory in Barcelona. In 1994 he returned to Aprilia and dominated the 250cc Grand Prix class by winning three consecutive world championships in 1994, 1995 and 1996. In 1997, Biaggi again returned to Honda, riding for Erv Kanemoto's team, won his fourth consecutive title. Following that, he moved up to the 500cc class. Biaggi made an impressive start in his 500cc debut, qualifying on pole, setting the fastest lap and winning his first race in the 1998 Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix at Suzuka, riding for the Kanemoto Honda team, he was victorious at the Czech Republic Grand Prix and finished the season in second place behind Mick Doohan. Biaggi joined Yamaha to battle against the dominant Hondas, he finished fourth in 1999, third in 2000, second in 2001.
In 2002, Biaggi rode the four-stroke for the first time as development on the new motorcycle remained strong throughout the season. He won in Brno, Czech Republic and Sepang, Malaysia to clinch runner-up in the championship behind rival Valentino Rossi. In 2003, Biaggi finished third in the MotoGP championship after rejoining Honda on the Camel Pramac Pons team and won races in Pacific Grand Prix and Great Britain after Rossi penalised, it was expected that Biaggi would be one of the main candidates for the title in 2004. He won in Germany but a crash in Estoril saw his season begin to fade. At the end of the 2004 MotoGP season Biaggi finished the championship in third place, behind Sete Gibernau and series winner, Rossi. Biaggi started the 2005 MotoGP season as an official factory Honda rider, joining American racer Nicky Hayden on the Repsol Honda Team with technical director Erv Kanemoto, it was hoped that continued cooperation with Kanemoto and the full factory support from Honda would make Biaggi one of the main title contenders in 2005.
However, Biaggi finished the season in only fifth place. Biaggi lost his ride for the 2006 season, his position filled by 2005 250cc Grand Prix champion, Dani Pedrosa, he negotiated with Honda and Suzuki, was unable to land a contract with the backing of major tobacco sponsor Camel who ended up signing up to be the factory Yamaha squad's title sponsor for 2006. On January 10, 2006, Biaggi posted on his website that he would not take part in the 2006 MotoGP season. Biaggi attempted to reach an agreement to race the Superbike World Championship for Corona Alstare Suzuki in 2006, but the team could not commit to equal equipment with their existing riders, 2005 champion Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama; as a result, he took a sabbatical, but on 14 September 2006 Biaggi announced he had signed to replace Corser in the team for 2007. Biaggi began the season by winning the first race at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar and finishing second in race two. In doing so Max Biaggi became one of only five men to win their first Superbike World Championship race, the only rider to win his first Superbike race and his first race in 500cc Grand Prix.
He finished 3rd and 4th at Phillip Island, Australia. After a hard championship Biaggi finished third, behind World Champion James Toseland and Yamaha top rider Noriyuki Haga. At the end of the season, Francis Batta, Alstare Suzuki Racing Team director, was forced to release Biaggi, due to the loss of the main sponsor Corona Extra, as they could not reach financial agreement. Furthermore, Suzuki decided to stop official Superbike development for 2008, instead focusing on the MotoGP championship. For 2008 Biaggi replaced team manager Marco Borciani as a rider at his Team Sterilgarda/Go Eleven, riding a satelitte-works Ducati 1098RS alongside Ruben Xaus, he finished seventh overall with seven podiums, three places ahead of Xaus and one ahead of factory Ducati rider Michel Fabrizio. For 2009 he joined the returning factory Aprilia team, he took a double podium in round 2 at Qatar, scored solid points before taking their first win since the return at Brno, after race leaders Fabrizio and Ben Spies collided.
He finished a close second behind Spies in race two there, finished the season 4th overall. Biaggi continued with Aprilia for 2010, taking a double victory at the team's home race at Monza to move up to second in the standings. Another double in the
Ben Spies, is an American former professional motorcycle road racer. He is nicknamed "Elbowz" due to his riding style where his elbows protrude outward, Spies won the AMA Superbike Championship for Yoshimura Suzuki in 2006, defended it in 2007 and 2008. For 2009 he raced in the Superbike World Championship series for the Yamaha Italia team, he started racing on Yamaha YSR50cc bikes with the Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association in Texas when he was 8 years old. Spies lives in Italy. On October 26, 2013, Spies announced his retirement from motorcycle racing after two debilitating crashes left him with permanent shoulder injuries. Born in Memphis, Spies started riding motorcycles at the age of five and racing with CMRA at the age of eight in 1993. In 1994, he won. At age 12, he started traveling to WERA races outside of Texas. At age 14, Spies started winning more championships, he signed with Suzuki in 2000 at the age of 15, began his AMA career. In 2000 Spies raced with the Valvoline Suzuki team.
He took a season-best 5th-place finish at the Pikes Peak International Raceway round of the AMA 750 Supersport series, won the AMA Horizon Award for road racing. In late 2000 he qualified on the front row for his debut in the AMA Supersport Championship series. Again with Valvoline Suzuki in 2001, Spies won the Pikes Peak round of the AMA 750 SuperStock Championship, took four additional series podium finishes. American Suzuki removed him from the team and placed in with Attack Suzuki. For 2002 Spies joined the Attack Suzuki team, paired with Jason Pridmore, he earned three top-five finishes in AMA Supersport, four top-five finishes in AMA Formula Xtreme. He was troubled by a knee injury for much of the season. Now with American Suzuki team, Spies won the 2003 AMA Formula Xtreme Championship with five wins and two additional podium finishes, he contested the AMA Supersport series, earning a win at Road Atlanta and taking two additional podium finishes. His best AMA Superbike result this year was seventh-place at Daytona Intl Speedway Again with American Suzuki team in 2004, Spies raced in the AMA Supersport Championship, earning a win at Infineon Raceway and taking two additional series podium finishes.
He earned wins in the AMA Superstock Championship races at California Speedway and Road Atlanta, earned two additional podium finishes in the series. In 2005 Spies won the AMA Superbike race at California Speedway and earned 13 additional podium finishes, he was runner-up for the AMA Superbike title, raced in AMA Supersport, earning five top-five finishes. Spies joined the Yoshimura Suzuki team in 2006, he won the AMA Superbike Championship title with seven additional podium finishes. Spies took six successive wins early in the 2006 season, went on to win the title over his teammate, 6-time series Champion Mat Mladin, by 649 points to 641. In total he took 7 poles and 17 podiums, lead the most laps 10 times. Spies raced in select AMA Supersport events, earning a podium finish at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. 2007 produced the tightest championship battle in the history of the series, Spies winning a second AMA Superbike Championship by a single point over Mladin. Spies collected 12 additional podium finishes during the season.
He captured Superbike pole position at nine events, won the AMA Superstock title with seven wins and seven pole positions. In 2008 Spies won his third straight AMA Superbike Championship to become only the fourth rider in the history of the series to win the title three consecutive times; this included an AMA Superbike record of seven successive wins. Spies started as a wild-card in place of injured Loris Capirossi at the British GP on June 22, 2008. An outing that saw him qualify in 8th on the grid and finish in 14th place, scoring his first MotoGP points; this was in addition to two pre-planned rides at both U. S. rounds. He tested for Rizla Suzuki at Indianapolis on July 2, 2008, in preparations for the new U. S. Grand Prix. Top ten finishes followed at both Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 6th at Indianapolis, he was not offered a full-time ride by Suzuki for 2009 with all the success he gave to Suzuki and had an option year in his contract. The decision was made by Mel Harris. Masayuki Itoh retired because of the departure of Spies.
On October 1, 2008, it was confirmed that Spies would join the Superbike World Championship for the 2009 season, riding for the factory Yamaha Italia team. He took pole position for his first race meeting, he ran off the track on the first lap in race one but was victorious in race 2 to become the first American to win a WSBK race since Colin Edwards in 2002. Spies further impressed the world motorcycle racing community by winning both races of the second round in Losail, Qatar. En route, he again secured pole, the subsequent race wins, the fastest lap and the outright circuit lap record. Spies made history on May 2009 at Miller Motorsports Park. Winning his 7th consecutive pole position during Saturday's Superpole qualifying, Spies broke the long-standing record of 6 consecutive poles set in 1991 by fellow Texan Doug Polen; the pole set a number of records, including most consecutive pole positions in a season, most poles to start a season, most in a row by a rookie. On October 24, 2009 at Portimão Circuit in Portugal he set a new record securing his 11th pole of his rookie season.
This despite having no previous exper