Ben Spies is refusing to focus on anything other than racing despite inching closer to claiming the World Superbike Championship lead for the first time with pole position at Brno.
Spies is just 14 points adrift of Noriyuki Haga in the overall standings, but with his arch rival, who is returning to action following an injury to his shoulder and wrist, struggling down in 14th position on the grid, the American was celebrating his ninth pole position of the season.
Fending off the attentions of Michel Fabrizio and Max Biaggi, Spies was delighted to tick off another pole position around an unfamiliar venue.
“We struggled early before making some adjustments to the front end,” the Yamaha rider said. “This track has long, fast corners and you have to have a good feel for the front tire. Once we made the change I knew we were going to be strong.”
“Both Michel and Max are going really good here,” Spies said. “I know I'm going to have to step up and ride well tomorrow. Hopefully everything comes together and we can put it on top.”
Even so, despite having slashed Haga's advantage overall with five wins in the last six races, Spies insists he will only consider the championship standings on Sunday evening.
“I'm focused on nothing but tomorrow's races,” he added. “If we have a good weekend and things go our way maybe I'll have some time to savor it Sunday night. Right now I can't get ahead of myself.”