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Spies can't wait for Indy

"We're going to put on a good show for all the home fans and see what we can do" - Ben Spies.
Having finished second from pole as a satellite Tech 3 rider during his rookie MotoGP season, home star Ben Spies can't wait to return to Indianapolis this weekend.

Spies, now at the Factory Yamaha Team, took his first MotoGP win at Assen this season, but has had just another podium and presently sits sixth in the points.

A trapped nerve hampered his hopes at the recent Czech Republic round, but the former World Superbike champion is confident he can 'put on a good show' at Indy.

“I'm really hoping to be completely fit for this weekend. I've still got some numbness in the arm but it is better than it was at Brno. We've been working hard to get it right and we will of course give it 100% as always," said Spies.

"I've been looking forward to this race all year; it was pretty crazy last year as a rookie to take pole and a second in the race. We're going to put on a good show for all the home fans and see what we can do.”

Team director Massimo Meregalli admitted that expectations were high, but hopes that the new engine parts tested at Brno can help the M1 riders take-on the factory Hondas.

“I'm hoping that Ben will be 100% because it is his home race and expectations are quite high," said Meregalli. "The team are going to use some new updates that we tested in Brno; these will help both Ben and Jorge challenge for the front. Last year both riders finished on the podium so we are confident for this event.”

As at Assen and Laguna Seca, Spies and Lorenzo will race in the special red-and-white livery this weekend.

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August 22, 2011 5:54 PM
Last Edited 2133 days ago

1 win and 1 podium on factory bike is under performing... what about Rossi and Simo who is on the factory bike only have 1podium and 0 win. Are they underperforming too? NOPE! the're just struggling!

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August 23, 2011 12:56 AM

I dont know , I dont know? I dont rate AMA, mainly because ive raced BSB and from a riders point of of view I know the quality in AMA outside the top 5 is sh..t but cmon how the fck can you do so well in WSBK not even knowing the tracks if you havn't got it. I think he is special, for whatever reason he hasn't shone this year, but tell me another rider so devistating in WSBK in their first attemtp his performance was outrageous. You can't do that if your not special. Maybe because he's not a midget and totally reliant on electronics?? fck knws

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