Ben Spies is confident of making a triumphant return home when he and the World Superbike Championship visits the United States for the first time this season.

The event that many of his fans have been looking forward to, Spies arrives at Miller Motorsports Park desperate to reignite his faltering title campaign following a series of problems that have peppered his otherwise front running speed.

Nonetheless, while Spies has slipped 88 points behind arch-rival Noriyuki Haga in the standings, it won't harm his enjoyment of the Utah circuit, which marks the first time he has stepped foot in his country of origin since the start of the season.

"It's awesome to be back home in the USA. This is my first trip home this year, so it's been a bit crazy. After the ups and downs of Kyalami I'm really happy to be home and looking forward to Miller this weekend.

The first time this season that Spies arrives at a venue with intimate circuit knowledge, the Yamaha WSB rider is confident he can please the fans over the weekend.

"It's a great track and one I know well. It makes a big change to be heading towards a race with good track knowledge, this will be the first time this year I've gone to a track I've raced at before, and in front of a home crowd too. The team and I are working hard on the set-up, and I'm hopeful we can bring this one home for the fans here in the states."

Team-mate Tom Sykes, meanwhile, is eager to work his way into the battle for fourth position in the standings having slipped back to ninth after a difficult weekend in South Africa.

"Kyalami certainly didn't go completely to plan," said Tom Sykes. "I went into the race weekend fifth in the championship and was looking for fourth place. I'm still close but now in seventh position.

"Anyway, that's all done now and I'm looking forward to the USA. I think both Ben and I are going to go very well there. The track is supposed to be very similar to Qatar so I'm quite excited, hopefully the Yamaha will work very well and we'll get two strong results to get back on track and start to build towards a strong finish to the season."


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