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GP Week : Issue 64
BEN Spies has chosen to move straight into MotoGP in 2010, whether or not he wins the World Superbike title he currently leads by 18 points from Ducati's Nori Haga. The Yamaha rider and future star elect revealed his decision after the last World Superbike round at the Nürburgring, apparently taking his employers by surprise; the company line was still for him to spend one more year in the production-based series. "Contracts can change," said Spies. Now, although there has been no official confirmation from Yamaha, it seems certain he will take the second seat at the satellite Yamaha team next year, where he can fulfil the rule that forbids a class rookie from joining a factory team. Spies escaped from collapsing US racing scene after winning the AMA Superbike title three times, and has made a huge impact on the world scene. At tracks he was mostly seeing for the first time, he has taken 12 wins in 22 races, including three double-headers. At the Nürburgring he took over the points lead from Haga when the Japanese rider crashed out of the second race. There are three rounds remaining. With Colin Edwards already signed up for one more year at Tech 3, the move brings Briton James Toseland's grand prix hopes to an end after just two years, during which the double Superbike champion made a promising start only to run into difficulties this year. But the GP reject will be hot property in the Superbike paddock, where he is likely to be able to have his pick of top teams. Spies to take MotoGP short-cut Toseland back to World Superbikes for Ducati toGP bikes Moto GP news >> 13