Spies was remarkable in his rookie season in the series and his first in international competition. He won 14 of 28 races in the 14-event season, which had 10 races in Europe plus stops in Australia, Qatar, South Africa and the United States, at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. Spies trailed Haga by 88 points going into Miller, but won both races and trimmed Haga's advantage by 33. It was the major momentum shift that Spies needed in his championship run.
Yamaha signed Spies for World Superbike after he had won three straight American Motorcyclist Association Superbike titles. He will move up to MotoGP, the Formula One of two-wheel racing, with Yamaha next season. SI.com reached to Spies to talk about his weekend, his championship and his season.
There was some pressure, but I had a lot of friends here supporting me and actually trying to keep my mind off of it, so it was good.