Two-time World Superbike Champion Doug Polen has heaped praise on Ben Spies for breaking his 18-year-old record for the longest stretch of consecutive pole positions.
The World Superbike Championship legend, who won 27 of the 80 races he competed in, had held the record for almost two decades following a stretch of six pole positions during the 1991 season.
His feat stood until the previous round at Kyalami when Spies equalled his streak with a lap that was just 0.001secs faster than his closest rival. However, the Yamaha rider was far more comfortable on the way to moving ahead of Polen after dominating at Miller Motorsports Park by half a second.
With Polen travelling to the Utah venue event to congratulate Spies personally, he was delighted for his countryman.
“If anyone was going to break the record I'm happy it was Ben that did it,”. “I talked to him on the phone last night. We didn't really talk about the pole; we were just more or less catching up with everything that's going on.
“I'm going to text him now that I know he's got the Superpole record and congratulate him. He's a great rider and I hope he does well and breaks more records along the way.”