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Spies looking forward to Sachsenring

"I got on pretty well at Sachsenring last year; the end result didn't reflect how good we were" - Ben Spies.
Ben Spies has unfinished business at the Sachsenring, venue for this weekend's ninth round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship.

The Texan was characteristically quick to learn the circuit on his first visit last year, but fell on oil dropped by Jorge Lorenzo in qualifying, leaving him 13th in the grid.

Spies recovered to eighth in the restarted race, but the Assen winner - now Lorenzo's Factory Yamaha team-mate - naturally has much higher expectations for this weekend, which is followed by the first of his home American rounds.

“I'm really looking forward to the next two races. I got on pretty well at Sachsenring last year; the end result didn't reflect how good we were. I think if qualifying had not been so incident filled we would have started closer to the front," he said.

"We are in pretty good shape right now with the team, the bike is feeling really good, I'm feeling confident on it and the results are showing it. Of course afterwards we head to my home race in the US and I get to run the red and white colours again!”

“In the last three years Yamaha proved to have a good bike for the Sachsenring track and we have a good set up for both riders now," added team director Massimo Meregalli. "I don't know the circuit myself, it will be my first visit with the team but I am confident that we can perform well after looking at our history there.”



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BillAce - Unregistered

July 11, 2011 7:40 PM

some1 That is an interesting thought. Ben certainly did extremely well in his AMA days winning many races and titles on tracks with plenty of elevation changes and the same can be said for his WSBK days. His first few laps have been a weakness except for Assen recently but I don't see this weakness you refer to. I would actually think it is one of the only benefits of coming from the AMA, unless its an oval there is usually a lot of elevation changes in US tracks. I love VIR and Grattan personally.

RawDawg

July 11, 2011 9:05 PM
Last Edited 1974 days ago

At Spies current level he's only good on a flat track? I've never heard that before about Spies or anyone else in MotoGP. Considering he's only been in MotoGP for a year and has never had problems with tracks with elevation changes in WSBK or AMA I would say that's a bit unsubstantiated.



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