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Spies announcement at Indy?

The 2009 destination of AMA Superbike champion Ben Spies 'should' be announced at the inaugural Indianapolis Grand Prix from September 12-14.

Indy will mark the Texan's third and final MotoGP appearance of the season for Rizla Suzuki, having finished 14th during a last minute stand-in ride at Donington Park and then eighth as a wild-card at his home Laguna Seca event in late July.

"I'm looking forward to going back to Indy and being part of history," said Spies, who - unlike the regular MotoGP riders - was able to test at the new Indy MotoGP circuit in July. "Some great things are coming together for next season and that's got me excited as well."

Spies has made his intentions to secure a full time 2009 grand prix ride clear and has been linked with (amongst others) Rizla Suzuki, Gresini Honda, Alice Ducati and JiR Honda in MotoGP - plus Ducati Xerox and Alstare Suzuki in WSBK.

Despite insisting that it is close to new deals with both Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen, neither have yet been announced as remaining with Suzuki for 2009 - leaving the door open for Spies - although the most recent rumours suggest that a satellite Honda seat is more likely.

"We are still in negotiations with numerous teams," Doug Gonda, Spies' manager, told Crash.net. "We should be able to announce a deal at Indy."

After Indy, Spies only needs to finish 19th or better in the AMA season finale at Laguna Seca on September 28 to clinch his third straight AMA Superbike title for Yoshimura Suzuki.


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Paul 46!!!

September 02, 2008 12:21 PM

It would be interesting to see how he gets on... He and Mat Mladin seem to be breezing each race of the AMA!... WSBK champs have generally not made the most succesful MotoGP riders, I wonder if AMA guys will be any different, Nicky Hayden managed it. Either way, anything that brings new guys to the grid is good! I would really like to see more then 18 bikes going round as well because at the moment it only takes an injury or a couple crashes and everyone is in the points.

Raw Dawg - Unregistered

September 02, 2008 2:47 PM

Stitcho He placed 8th at Laguna which is fabolous. This isn't WSBK where wild cards win races. And you may want to do a little more research of AMA champions in WSBK and 500/MotoGp over the last 30 years.



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