Spies takes first race win in Qatar

Countrymen Leon Haslam and Jonathan Rea enjoyed differing fortunes in the first race, with the former having to battle his way up from outside the top twenty when he was one of three riders to run off the track at the start of lap two, the other two being Brendan Roberts and Yukio Kagayama.

Nonetheless, a series of quick laps and overtaking manoeuvres got him back into the hunt for a top ten finishing position, the Stiggy rider ultimately just falling just short in 11th when he finished behind Ryuichi Kiyonari, Troy Corser and Regis Laconi, the latter dropping back after running as high as fifth early on.

Rea, meanwhile, made swift progress up the order having qualified a lowly 17th, but while he reached a high of eighth at one point, an error in the closing stages dropped him to eventual 12th position, behind Haslam.

Still, with Tommy Hill sneaking another point in 15th, all five British riders would be classified inside the points, the Althea rider finishing behind BMW's Ruben Xaus and the sole Kawasaki of Broc Parkes, the Aussie scoring the team's first points of the season in the process.

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FooAtari .

March 14, 2009 9:53 AM
Last Edited 620 days ago

5th at the end of the first lap to a two second win. All those that said Spies couldn't race must be feeling a little silly now. Spies has made me a fan Can't really argue the Yam is fatest down the straight either, he only managed to pass down the straight with some clever double drafting. Excellent race for Aprillia as well. Spies and Apirilla are definitly the storys of the season so far. I thought they would be good, but nowhere near this quick out of the box. Especially spies, new bike, new tyres, new track. Pole and Race 1 win. Nothing but impressive. But watch out for Ducati trying to enter a 1400cc Duc in 2010. Excellent season so far, MotoGP have a hard act to follow

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