Ben Spies admits he has taken a slightly different approach to his World Superbike weekend at Monza, even if Superpole would end in exactly the same way as it has done on four previous occasions.
Scoring yet another pole position for the Yamaha team, Spies' record-breaking lap was achieved having kept a lower profile at Monza than he has done at previous events in the run up to Superpole.
However, the result would prove the same, with Spies managing a fifth pole position in five attempts by two tenths of a second from Michel Fabrizio. Even so, the fact this was achieved at his Yamaha team's home circuit makes it all the more special.
“We've tried to sneak in under the radar this weekend. We were working quietly yesterday perfecting our race set up and I guess we sort of snuck up on some people today.
“In the practice session before Superpole the bike felt great and I knew we were going to be right there. I didn't even use a qualifier until the final session and even then I went out and set my best time on the first flying lap. We had another qualifier ready to go if we needed it. I'd rate this as my best qualifying session of the year so far.
“It was great to get this pole for the entire team since this our home base. I would gladly trade a couple of these Superpoles for a few more wins, but overall I'm happy with how things are going.”
Looking ahead to the races, Spies is anticipating a 'dog fight', but is confident he will have the race package to challenge for a fifth and possibly sixth win of the season.
“The bike will be really good in the race, so it will be a dog fight. I won't say we have everybody covered, but I have to say this is the most confident I've felt going into a race.
“I know it's going to be a challenge, but we put a lot into being ready for Sunday. Hopefully everything will come together Sunday as we planned.”
Spies' feat puts him level with Carl Fogarty in terms of pole position streaks, leaving him just one off Doug Polen's all-time record achieved in 1991.