“Fresh off a spectacular first test session on the Factory Yamaha M1, Ben will be in the Yamaha booth from 6:00-7:30 PM Friday evening signing autographs and he’s anxious to see his Southern California friends and fans once again,” a company statement from Yamaha reads.
Ben will also be presented a very special one-of-a kind Yamaha WR450F designed by renowned bike builder and former Yamaha AMA 250cc Road Race champion Roland Sands.
“Normally I stay in Texas during the entire month of December to be with my family,” said Spies, “but I wanted to come out to say a special thanks to my California fans for the tremendous support they’ve given me this year!”
Consumers may also get an up close look at the new line up of 2011 Yamaha motorcycles and ATV’s at the Long Beach Show including the new Stryker from Star Motorcycles, the new FZ-8, and the all new “Adventure Touring” Super Tenere. Demo rides will also be available to those holding a valid operators license on a first-come-first-served basis.
The 26-year-old North American rider made a great impact in his debut season in the MotoGP, after he switched from Yamaha's World Superbike team – with whom he won the title in 2009 – to the Japanese manufacturer's satellite MotoGP squad, Tech 3, last winter. He has recently replaced Valentino Rossi in the Yamaha MotoGP team's lineup for the 2011 season, joining Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo.