Ben Spies has vowed to 'give everything I've got' as he seeks to claw points back from 2009 World Superbike Championship leader Noriyuki Haga, during the American's race debut at the 'awesome' Monza circuit.

Yamaha's star rookie closed back to within 35 points of Haga with a stunning last lap pass in race one at Assen, but an accident while leading early in race two - combined with a Haga victory - has put the Ducati Xerox rider 60 points clear, with ten rounds and 500 points still available.

"Assen was a really mixed bag," said Spies who, like Haga, has won four races so far this year. "During the first race I didn't have the same feeling I'd had all weekend on the bike and had to ride really hard through it. The second race felt really good but I made a small mistake, I barely touched the grass going in to turn one and lost it.

"Now we're moving on to Monza and I'm going to ride as hard as I can as always. There will be a lot of family and friends there so I'm going to give it everything I've got and still try to have some fun," he added.

Spies - who can be sure of plenty of support this weekend, with the team's workshop located close to the north corners of the track at Gerno di Lesmo - underlined that the 2009 title fight remains very much alive, and is looking forward to experiencing the unique Monza experience.

"We've made a couple of mistakes this year in the championship but it's still there for the taking, just a bit further off," he said. "Hopefully both Tom [Houseworth] and I will have a good weekend and we can fight with Nori for some points.

"The circuit is awesome, having tested here I can see why it's so special so I'm really excited about turning the wheels on race day and really experiencing it," he concluded.

Unlike at Assen, Spies and crew chief Houseworth can count upon data gathered during last month's test session, when Spies beat Monza-ace Haga by 0.2sec. As well as the factory Yamaha and Ducati teams, Suzuki Alstare Brux and BMW were also present.

"Monza is one of the tracks where we have a couple days of testing under our belt so it's a more familiar circuit to some of the others so far," confirmed Houseworth. "The time we had there was very important as now we have what we think is a good base set up to start the weekend on our Yamaha R1.

"Gearing, which is critical on the circuit, should be very close and geometry and overall setup should be in the ballpark according to our data and the lap times Ben ran at the test.

"The track is quite a bit different than the last round at Assen, with long straights and chicanes connecting them although surprisingly the settings are not that far from the Assen settings with just some tweaks here and there. To race well here stability on the brakes is very important as well as having the bike transition well. It should make for interesting racing as the ability to draft on the straights may allow quite a few guys to swap the lead in the race.

"In terms of setting up in practice we're going to try doing things just a bit differently this time, both bikes will start with the same basic setup and we'll try both and see if there is any difference. If we are close on the settings we'll chose the bike Ben is most comfortable on and fine tune from there.

"We are hopeful everything is close and the feeling is there so we can start looking at race rubber early and be able to adjust for track temp and conditions. Once this looks good we'll do any fine tuning with the traction control and be ready for Sunday.

"Of course we want to be near the front; we'll see how it goes! It should be a fun weekend as it's the home race for the team and almost everyone will have friends and family there as well," he added.

First free practice and qualifying at Monza takes place on Friday.