Ben Spies says he doesn't expect a repeat of his double race winning antics in the latest round of the World Superbike Championship when the series visits Europe for the first time in three weeks time.
Spies underlined his status as a revelation in Qatar when he swept to pole position and two race wins aboard the Yamaha R1, despite having never visited the circuit before the weekend.
Adding to his win in Australia, Spies' dominant performance around an unfamiliar circuit has helped slash his odds ahead of a European stint that had been expected to prove trying for the Texan.
However, with Valencia beckoning next for him, Spies has played down any expectations that his form in Qatar will be quite so easy to replicate.
“The tracks are going to get tougher from here,” he admits. “I think it's going to be harder for us to turn in the kind of performances we did this weekend. On the other hand the crew is doing a great job with the bike and if it continues to improve then it's going to make my job that much easier.
“Hopefully we can go to Valencia and be up front again. Qatar was a good weekend. It's not always going to be like this, but we'll take them when they come!”
Spies is ten points behind Noriyuki Haga in the World Superbike standings heading to Spain.