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Spies celebrates title lead success

Ben Spies is remaining cautious about the prospect of winning the 2009 World Superbike title in his maiden season, despite snatching the lead of the standings for the first time at the Nurburgring.

Spies went into the German round of the series needing just seven more points than Noriyuki Haga to move ahead overall, but went beyond that to come away with 18 points in hand.

Indeed, a twelfth win of the season and a second place finish behind Jonathan Rea would ultimately prove more than enough for him to assume an advantage, particularly after Haga was forced to retire in race two.

The first time anyone other than Haga has led the standings all season, Spies' performance during the opening race was particularly significant as it saw him take on and beat the Japanese rider in a straight fight.

“I got caught up in a tough battle with Rea,” said Spies. “Then I used up my tyres a bit reeling in Nori. He was tough in the first section of the track and that made it hard for me to get by and once I did I wasn't able to shake him.

“I did my best on the other sections of the track to get a gap and fortunately I was able to click off some really good lap times to finish off the race.”

A difficult start in race two would prevent him from completing the double, but he was gracious in defeat after being out paced by Rea on the Ten Kate Honda.

“I didn't get off the line well and then a bunch of guys came together in the first turn,” he added. “Once everything settled I was able to start clicking in some good laps. The difference in the second race was that the track was cooler and everyone was turning in quick laps.

“Once I came to the front I found I didn't quite have the rear grip that I needed to make a move on Jonathan. He was riding strong and I congratulate him on a great ride and win.”



Tagged as: Nürburgring , Haga , Ben Spies

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dethklokrules

September 07, 2009 4:10 AM

I would rank race 1 as one of the best races I've seen since the last great WSBK race in Imola circa '02. (Insert Costa waxing poetic here) - for real - both Haga and Spies are Racers. We were lucky to see that and it was *very* unfortunate that an over-eager brit took out Haga ala Italian nutter/DeAngelis-style that deprived us of a race 2. Kudos to Spies and Haga - EPIC race 1!!! And welcome to MotoGP Ben - and CYA JT! Gl w/the Moto2 piano theme

KTMKen

September 07, 2009 4:13 AM

I was pleased that Ben didn't push it to the limit in the second race. He backed off on Rea, and if you don't believe he's the better rider, just look at this year's statistics. This will grate on some of you out there, but Ben knew not to push so hard he'd bite it like Haga did. I kept watching him in race 2 in fourth place, just biding his time. He made safe passes both times to get into second. Does anyone think this would be the time to push it to the limit when the Championship is on the line? I think not! Not to say Rea didn't deserve the win. But... Go Texas!



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