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Spies celebrates first pole

Just one day after confirming a move to the factory Yamaha team for 2011, MotoGP rookie Ben Spies took his first grand prix pole position, in front of his home fans, at Indianapolis.

Spies topped the timesheets with an incredible late attack to beat MotoGP title leader and to-be-confirmed 2011 team-mate Jorge Lorenzo by 0.22sec.

The Texan's achievement marked the first pole position by a satellite MotoGP rider since team-mate Colin Edwards put his Tech 3 Yamaha on pole for the 2008 Chinese Grand Prix.

“This is a great feeling for me to get my first MotoGP pole position and for it to come in front of the American crowd and here at Indianapolis with all the history makes it even more special," said Spies, the reigning World Superbike champion who is making his 15th MotoGP start this weekend.

"And I'm glad for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team too. This team helped catapult me into this position and I've been trying to give as much for them as I can, even though I'll be moving to Yamaha's factory team next year.

"I've got to say I really put it on the line this afternoon. I'd come so close at Brno a couple of weeks ago to getting my first pole position and I really wanted to finish the job on home soil.

"And being on the front row with Nicky [Hayden] too is pretty incredible for MotoGP racing in America.

"You know, there were a bunch of boxes to be ticked this year, but the problem is there's really only one left," he said of his victory chances on Sunday.

"We've had a top fives, a podium and now a pole. I mean, why not? You always go for it. In any race you go, like I said, a racer is there to win; it's not always to be had.

"But tomorrow we're on pole. If we get a good start, yeah, we've got to hang in there, and if we're there we'll try to win the race."




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RaceFan - Unregistered

August 28, 2010 10:14 PM

Give this young man a lot of credit. Lorenzo knows he is being joined in the factory team by by a damned quick rider. Spies said early in the season that he couldn't see wher the aliens were making their time. Now he can. He is like Prost in F1, known as the professor. He looks, he learns, he wins. I am seriously impressed and hope he does well in 2011.

ooj - Unregistered

August 28, 2010 11:08 PM

Everbody please excuse Beck and Palin's dyslexic comment about mexicans. He must have been looking for the "Racism" forum and accidentally posted to the "Racing" forum.



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