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I just re-watched the Indy race again and don't see Spies running a vastly different line than the others are. There is clag the size of cobblestones off line, so I don't think that is the place to be. But let's say that he is. Given the vast number of World Championships that are represented on the MotoGP grid, wouldn't another of these amazing riders have noticed his line and used it as well? He was clearly among the fastest, over the entire race weekend, and was not abusing his tires, so why would the others not adapt to his line? It is because he was already on the racing line. I believe the most logical and obvious reasons for his Indy success are that he is on even terms there, from of his numerous wildcard starts, and his familiarity with the humid, sweltering conditions of the US Midwestern summer heat and it's effect on tires. But that may be a too simplistic assessment.