The 36-year-old Noyes is the son of American former racer/now veteran motojournalist Dennis Noyes, and was born in Barcelona and then raised in the mountain village of Miraflores de la Sierra north of Madrid. He began riding motocross at the age of four, but then came with his family when they moved to southern California at the age of 14. He soon transitioned to dirt-track, and graduated through the hard-scrabble ranks of the famed Lodi Cycle Bowl to win the inaugural Formula USA Pro Singles National Dirt Track Championship in 2000, beating the likes of AMA Grand National stars Bryan Smith and J.R. Schnabel. He then eventually transitioned to roadracing, signing with the BQR team based in Barcelona for the highly competitive Spanish CEV championship. He won the Spanish Superstock 1000cc championship in 2003, and after some near-misses at the Spanish superbike title, was signed to ride the inaugural Moto2 class in 2010 by the Jack & Jones team sponsored by movie star Antonio Banderas. Noyes battled at the front of the first few races, and qualified on pole for the Le Mans round.