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Spies relishing early Suzuki opportunity

Spies relishing early Suzuki opportunity

Replacing the injured Loris Capirossi this weekend at the bwin.com British Grand Prix, American star Ben Spies is enthusiastic about the big challenge he faces at Donington.

Current U.S. AMA Superbike champion Ben Spies has spoken to motogp.com in the Donington Park paddock ahead of his substitute appearance this weekend for Rizla Suzuki, in place of the injured Loris Capirossi at the bwin.com British Grand Prix.

After Capirossi suffered a broken hand when he crashed out of the race in Catalunya, Spies was called up for an earlier than expected MotoGP debut this weekend, with wildcard appearances still lined up at Laguna Seca and Indianapolis later this season.

Spies had a brief test on the Suzuki GSV-R 800cc prototype in Valencia last November at the end of the 2007 season and after Donington he will also be attending the A-Style TT Assen on standby for Capirossi – with doctors still unsure as to whether the experienced Italian will have recovered sufficiently to ride in the Netherlands.

Approaching the Donington weekend in a relaxed mood Spies is hoping the English experience will help him to be in good shape for his MotoGP rides on American soil in July and September.

`We are jumping in head first,´ commented Spies. `Nothing has changed, I work out just the same and I am just coming in with an open mind. I have had about 25 laps in total on this bike and that was last year. I have never seen this place before so we have got our work cut out, but I think with this and a 50/50 chance for Assen it will help when I get to Laguna Seca for my home round.´

Regarding his expectations this weekend, he added, `It´s definitely going to be difficult, but we will try to take things slow and try to represent for the team. It is an honour for me to ride for this team and also to be the person that fills in for Loris because he was a big hero of mine, so it should be fun.´

On the possibility of a permanent ride in MotoGP in 2009, a move which Spies has been widely tipped to make, the affable 23 year-old said, `I am hoping for it next year, but there are a lot of good riders out there that are looking for rides. We are talking with Suzuki and hopefully have a pretty good shot, but they have got to see me ride out there first, so we have got to go out and give it to them!´

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MotoGP, 2008, bwin.com BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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