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Spies secures MotoGP Rookie title

"Jorge and I got super close coming out of the first corner and he almost touched my brake lever" - Ben Spies.
Ben Spies came close to tangling with 2011 factory Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in the first few turns of Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

Starting from the front row, Spies passed Lorenzo for second into turn one but ran a little wide and their paths crossed on the exit.

"Jorge and I got super close coming out of the first corner and he almost touched my brake lever. It made me run wide in turn two and a couple of people came by. It didn't ruin the race but it ruined me building up some momentum," said Spies.

Nevertheless, Spies ran as high as third from laps 5-7 of 27, before a mistake heavy braking for the fast first turn dropped him back to sixth.

"I got in there a bit hot and the rear came round. Everybody got a run on me and came by and dropped me back to sixth," he said.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider spent the rest of the race fighting fellow rookie Marco Simoncelli. He broke free from the Italian in the closing stages to claim fifth place.

"I had a good battle with Simoncelli. I kind of towed him around and he picked up his pace and came by me," said the 2009 WSBK champion. "Once I knew nobody was behind me, I just waited until a few laps from the end to push and pass him back.

"I made sure I got a decent gap and chilled out in fifth. At the end I was running times that if everything had gone smoothly, I feel like we could have battled for the podium. Towards the end of the race I was running similar times to those ahead of me and that's all I can do."

With a 61 point lead over next-best newcomer Simoncelli, and only two rounds to go, Spies secured the 2010 Rookie of the Year title on Sunday.

Spies is the only rookie, and satellite rider, to take a pole (1) or podium (2) this year.




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H8R

October 18, 2010 3:14 PM

At the beginning of the year so many of you said that the 250cc guys were going to whip Ben's ass. That they had the track knowledge, and that riding a 800cc bike was more like a 250. I heard all of you saying that Ben would be behind Sic and so many others. Now he has a pole been on the podium and locked up the rookie title with two races to go...and you think he will only be mid-pack in 2011. Are you guys sniffing glue? Regardless of whatever form of dementia that you're suffering, Ben is on a 2009 chassis with minor upgrades twice this year. It is a long shot from the full 2010 works bike. He, according to Ben passed one guy in a straight line this year. One. Here's to 2011 and you guys looking like the ****ers you are.

RawDawg

October 18, 2010 7:53 PM

Yaaawwwwwwwwwnnn!!!!!!!!! Same ol' dribble Beginning of 2009 - "He's just a dumb Yank for the backwoods AMA. Big fish, small pond he'll do nothing in WSBK" End of 2009 - "well he was lucky the competition was weak, He was lucky Bayliss wasn't there, Haga gifted him the title" blah, blah, blah Beginning of 2010 - "Superbike riders are sh1t as MotoGP riders. The 250 guys will eat his lunch. Back to the AMA or WSBK" End of 2010 - "well he was on the best satellite bike, he was gifted those podiums, he has been lucky," blah, blah, blah



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