Spies begins Haga chase at Miller

Ben Spies is anticipating an intense battle for the World Superbike Championship title after clawing back significant ground on Noriyuki Haga during the latest round at Miller Motorsports Park.

Having fallen 88 points away in the fight for the championship lead, two wins on home ground, coupled to a mediocre eighth and ninth for Haga, allowed Spies to take a 35 point chunk out of his rival's advantage. They are now separated by 53 points.

Although it still gives Haga just over two races in hand, Spies was happy to have been able to capitalise on a rare 'off' weekend for the Ducati rider following a season defined by blistering speed, but occasional inconsistency.

“It was good to get a double win here,” he said. “Unfortunately Haga was not at 100 per cent, but you've got to capitalise on these weekends. He did when I had problems. We made up some points and I'm sure it's going to be a fight for the championship from here on out.”

Looking ahead to the next round, on Ducati's home ground at Misano, Spies admits he has never ridden the circuit before, but is confident he will overcome that disadvantage.

“We'll see what we can do at Misano,” he added. “I've never been to that track before, but I'm sure it's a circuit that the R1 will excel on, so we've got to go there with an open mind and ride 100 percent.”

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Superbike - Unregistered

June 02, 2009 1:11 PM

If you saw Ben's pre race interview on SPEED you know what a funny, cheerful, intelligent guys he is. He has been respectful of other riders. He doesn't whine, blame the tires or his team. He is a rookie who is just now proving himself in SBK and is acting accordingly. He will win the championship this year or next, period. He is that good. I am sure the low life posters will find a reason to complain. Just understand that people who know racing don't care about your sniveling.

skinny - Unregistered

June 02, 2009 11:36 AM

I wouldn't use the word "miserable" when describing Ben. Humble is a much better word. The guy just doesn't take anything for granted and realizes that any one of the top 15 guys on the grid can walk away with a win on any given circuit. IMO he's carrying himself exactly the way he should be. Enough trash is already talked about loud and arrogant Americans, I'm glad Ben is not contributing to the stereotype.

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