Meregalli hails Spies' debut win

Yamaha WSB team manager Massimo Meregalli has described Ben Spies' victory on his World Superbike debut at Phillip Island as 'unbelievable'.

Going a long way to justifying his decision to hire two rookies for the 2009 season, Spies repaid Yamaha's faith with pole position in qualifying before romping to victory in the second race of the weekend.

Although an error on the first lap of the opening race ruined any hopes of a perfect debut for the American, Meregalli was delighted to see Spies pick himself up and make amends soon afterwards.

"Everybody was a little disappointed for Ben's bad luck in the first race, but in the end it worked out well and the second race was great! It was an unbelievable race and a really great result, Ben's riding was really impressive.”

Meregalli is now turning his attentions to the second round at Qatar, where he admits Spies and Tom Sykes' rookie status is likely to be more evident. Nonetheless, he is confident they will be competitive once again.

“We're looking forward to Qatar with a really good feeling. Both riders will have to learn the new circuit at Qatar, so we are at a bit of a disadvantage and we'll be starting from zero. I'm not too worried about this as they've both proved this weekend they can go out on a new circuit and keep with the pack."

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Nate - Unregistered

March 02, 2009 10:39 PM

Spies is without question one of the best riders to come onto the world scene since the days of Rainey,Lawson,Schwantz and Spencer....Not unbelievable.He is the best I have seen from taking pictures in AMA the last 20 years.. Ben has the talent and racing against Mladin the last few years not only made Spies the rider he is today,but also pushed him hard every race and made him mentally strong....I witnessed that in many races,not only on the track but the pits too...With the Minds games. The future is bright for Ben and the world will see what we have the past few season....Suzuki made a big mistake not signing him.

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