3-Minute Interview: Ben Spies 

The defending AMA Superbike champion will race at Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca this weekend for the U.S. national Superbike Series races. The 24-year-old from Longview, Texas, has been racing since he was 8.For people who...

The defending AMA Superbike champion will race at Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca this weekend for the U.S. national Superbike Series races. The 24-year-old from Longview, Texas, has been racing since he was 8.

For people who don’t know, what is a Superbike? It resembles a street bike, but it’s just a lot faster, with a lot of trick parts, a lot of fast speeds.

What goes into practicing or training for a race? You can’t really spend a lot of time practicing on the bike, so I just do loads of running and cycling, staying fit.

Have you wrecked any bikes throughout the years? Yeah, I’ve broken quite a few. I had a tire blow out doing 190 [mph] and I was in the hospital for a month.

What injuries did you have? I had a skin graft on my arm, I’ve broken quite a few bones, but nothing that restricts me now, so it’s not that big of a deal.

Does your mom approve? She’s been watching me on a bike since I was 5, and I could seriously get hurt since I was 12, so she’s used to it.

What separates the wheat from the chaff in Superbike racing? Obviously, you have to have a minimal amount of talent, and after that, it’s whether you have the drive and what you’re willing to do to win it, the training in the off-season, the mental toughness.

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