Spies focuses on set-up at Imola

Ben Spies says he was focused merely on setting up his Yamaha during World Superbike testing at Imola as he chose to keep a low profile over the course of the two days.

Looking to get a jump on title rival Noriyuki Haga, absent due to his injuries sustained in an accident at Donington Park, Spies spent the test acclimatising to the Italian circuit in readiness for the event there in September.

While he didn't top the timesheets at any point, Spies never featured outside the top five on the way to the fourth quickest lap overall either. Even so, the American insists he wasn't using the test for set quick times.

“It's been a really good couple of days testing for me, we've not been out there trying to be the fastest guys, but have been focused on working through the set-up of the bike to make sure we have everything ready for when we race here and also just to shake it down.

“It's been really hot so I'm looking forward to getting away from the track now and relaxing before we go to Brno next week.”

Tagged as: Yamaha , superbikes , Imola , Ben Spies , test

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Suns_PSD - Unregistered

July 17, 2009 4:52 PM

Ben is just being wise and working on his set up on race tires and trying lots of different things in preperation for the race. That is what a test session is supposed to be about. Besides, how stupid would it be if now that he has got Haga right where he wants him, if Spies went and threw himself down the road just in an attempt to impress at a non-points paying event? I concur about the Central TX heat right now btw, worst Summer ever.

Kleman - Unregistered

July 17, 2009 6:03 PM

I think Ben usually doesnt Bullsh*t too much......strategy with testing changes throughout the year I dont think he really has to prove anything anymore during testing....but out of the top guys at the test Ben was the only one who didnt try the 2 qualifiers pirelli had there so.......

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