Ben Spies insists he has nothing to lose as he ventures into the latter stages of the 2009 World Superbike Championship season having whittled Noriyuki Haga's advantage down to just seven points.
Aided by Noriyuki Haga's struggles with injury at Brno, Spies shrugged off a retirement in race one at the hands of Michel Fabrizio to win the second event and reduce his rival's advantage to its lowest margin since the start of the year.
Recuperating during the long summer break, Spies heads to the Nurburgring knowing he needs to learn his way around another new venue. Still, the Yamaha WSB team were double winners last season, even if it was Haga who was delivering them the spoils on that occasion.
Nonetheless, despite the Japanese rider's past form around the German circuit, Spies is confident he can overhaul Haga in the overall standings for the first time this year.
“It has been great to have some time out to relax at home in the US", said Ben Spies. "I'm fully recharged and really excited about getting stuck into some more racing. We've got nothing to lose and everything to gain so I'm just going to keep on giving it 100% and see what we can do to catch Nori this weekend."