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Spies hoping for more anniversary success

Ben Spies prepares for his first home race as a factory Yamaha MotoGP rider at Laguna Seca.
Ben Spies is superstitiously hoping Yamaha's special 50th anniversary livery will be lucky for him once again as he targets another strong result on home soil at Laguna Seca.

Yamaha will run the 'retro' red and white liveried M1 for Spies and Jorge Lorenzo during the United States Grand Prix, a month on from its first outing during the Assen TT.

With Spies winning his maiden MotoGP race on that occasion, he wants the colours to benefit him again at Laguna Seca, where he is striving to challenge for victory in front of his home fans.

“It's always exciting to race in front of the home crowd and it's going to be a big event for Yamaha with the 50th anniversary colours being run again,” he said. “They were lucky for me at Assen and hopefully they can bring me more luck in front of my friends and family.

“I've had some pretty good results in my AMA days at Laguna and I love riding the circuit. It's going to be a serious race weekend but it's also going to be a lot of fun so I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of old faces at the track.”



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fan - Unregistered

July 20, 2011 1:25 PM

@ Of course Spies needs luck lol! Its the only way he can get success! Posted by neville 3 AMA Titles 1 WSBK Title Moto GP ROY And he needs luck to be a success? How does that work exactly?

Bliz - Unregistered

July 20, 2011 4:01 PM

It won't be easy. We sometimes forget this is only Ben's second year in MotoGP and his entire background prior was on superbikes. With such steep learning curve and no prior 250cc experience, there aren't many that could come close to what he's done in such a short time. The expectations people place on him exceed any rider I can think of since I've been watching this sport. Love him or hate him, what's he's accomplished so far is testament to his pure talent and he's still learning. I'll be screaming my head off for Ben this Sunday...win or lose.



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