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Spies refusing to give up on title

Ben Spies admits he needs to now be 'perfect' if he is to catch Noriyuki Haga and win the World Superbike Championship in his rookie season.

With four Superpoles and four wins under his belt, including a dramatic last gasp triumph over arch-rival Haga at Assen, Spies has shown he has the pace to beat his nemesis in a straight fight.

However, three other failures to score at Phillip Island, Valencia and Assen have pushed Spies onto the back foot and moved him some 60 points behind Haga after eight races.

By way of reference, in recent years only Neil Hodgson in 2003 and Troy Bayliss in 2008 had larger margins over the second place rider at this point in the season and both went on to take a dominant title.

Still, Spies can take heart from the fact that fellow American Colin Edwards managed to break down a gap of 58 points at its height in beating Bayliss to the 2002 title.

“This is not how I like to run championships,” Spies admitted. “I've had three no points races and basically now it's coming down to I have to be perfect now and do nothing but win races to catch up in the championship.

Despite admitting the difficult of the extent of the task ahead, Spies is nonetheless proud of his performances as a WSBK rookie.

“Regardless of the hit we took today I'm still proud of the team and the way I've ridden as a rookie in this series. I still want to try to win this championship, but it's going to be tough. I've come back from big deficits before and that's what I'm going to have to do again. It's gotten pretty interesting pretty quickly.”


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K1ngs r0w

April 28, 2009 6:59 PM
Last Edited 277 days ago

This year is the same to the others... All riders in WSBK are really fast, But one thing has changed: SPIES AND NORI ARE ABSOLUTY AWESOME!!!! Spies 4wins/4 Poles in 4 rounds Haga 4wins/8 podiums in 8 races (wins count as podium too). I really want to see them in moto gp next year, Its my dream. Haga at Ducati Pramac could replace Canepa or Gib for sure and Spies....well he will have the choice with Tech 3, Gresini or another good team but which have lame riders....Like Elias :rolleyes:. Come on guys you can't disagree me Spies and Haga are ATLEAST faster than: Gib, Canepa, Takahashi, Elias. Nitro/ElbowZ deserve to fight the best riders in the world!!!Both of them are too fast4 SBK

FooAtari - Unregistered

April 28, 2009 12:02 PM

Haga has been prone to falling off the bike at least a few times a season in the past and its still early in the season, way to early to write anyone off. Although Haga does seem to have raised his game this year and is riding really well. Even is Spies does finish second to him, it would still be an outstanding debut season that should gaurantee him a great future in WSB and possibly MotoGP



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