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Interview with Ben Spies

Yeah. For me, I haven't had any problem with that. We've been good on mileage, and I'm sure the factory is happy with what we've been doing. As of right now, the only bad thing when stuff like you have a couple of crashes, the bike gets laid over on the side of the engine, you can easily write an engine off that has low mileage on it. But we've been lucky with the couple crashes I've had. I know for me, where I'm at in the season, it's not an issue at all.

Ben, talk about how much Colin has helped you this year with your learning curve. The fact that your teammate is a friend, a fellow Texan, a guy you've known for a long time. How much has that helped you this year in your development?

Ben Spies:
It's made a big deal. Just from having somebody to talk to, somebody that obviously thinks a lot like you, we're from the States. It's made my transition a lot easier, pretty much in every way. A lot of the problems we've had with the bike, we're both had the same problems. When we've had strengths, we both had the same strengths. So even though we have quite a bit different riding style, we agree on a lot of the stuff when it comes to set up the bike. We do a lot of talking, and at the end of the day, we sometimes share information that would make the other person do a faster lap. At the end of the day, we're on two different career paths, and we're trying to make the package of our bike better. And if it makes us fight with each other a little bit more but it gets us two or three positions up in the charts, that helps at the end of the day. We work as close as we can and hang out a lot, talk a lot, have dinner, and it's made my transition a lot easier.

Last year, obviously very different bikes than what you're running now, you missed out on Race 2. But you took Race 1 by a hair over Nori at Assen. What are your thoughts for this weekend?

Ben Spies:
I really like this track a lot. We obviously won Race 1 last year in pretty good fashion. Race 2, I ended it with pretty good fashion. I like the track a lot. I like the people out here. Nice people. I've watched this track for years, back in the Schwantz-Rainey battles. I've got a lot of good memories of just watching the track, and last year was great. I enjoy it a lot. I'm looking forward to it. I think the bike's going to work fairly well, and I'm ready to ride tomorrow.

The Rossi situation, with him being out of the championship, the upside has to be the chance of an American winning at Laguna Seca, winning at Indy, obviously has improved greatly. Do you agree, and can you talk about the importance to win at the last round.

Ben Spies:
Yeah, it's funny that you're the last question, actually. But I look forward to it. It's one of those things that you've got to be realistic with when you set out to race on Sunday at Indy or Laguna. If you're half a second off the pace, if you sit there crash trying to win, you're just basically being an idiot. You've got no chance with it. If you're a couple of tenths off and you're there, home race, you've got to go for it. With Rossi not being there, honestly Lorenzo has been the guy this year, even when Rossi was here. He's been the guy they've got to figure out to try to beat. Even if Rossi's not there, I still think it's as tough, if not more tough, with Lorenzo being there. If we go Sunday morning, Saturday, we have good pace and we're at Indy and Laguna … If we're here at Assen and we've got good pace, we try to get the best result we can. If you've got a shot at winning or podium, you always try to do it. But at the home race at Laguna or Indy, if we've got good pace that's battling or close to the front, you can guarantee that it's going to be … you never want to say crash or win, but there's not going to be anything left on the table. Yeah, I'll ride that race like it's my championship of the year race. Realistically, we're not fighting for a championship this year, and you want to get a good result for your home fans. It's not a crash or win, but I'll ride that race like it's the last race of the season. But if we're a second off the pace going into the race, you've got to know the limit. I'm looking forward to it, though. I like Laguna and Indy a lot. I think the bike's going to be really good. I think we'll have a really good setup when we get there, and I look forward to it.

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