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Good start from fifth the need for Spies at Indianapolis

Good start from fifth the need for Spies at Indianapolis

Ben Spies is ready to battle with the frontrunners at Indianapolis after qualifying fifth, but is depending on a good start in order to do so.

Rizla Suzuki wildcard and three-time AMA Superbike champion Ben Spies will line up for his final MotoGP race of the 2008 season on Sunday, and will do so as the team´s highest placing rider.

With a last chance to show his worth on qualifying tyres at Indianapolis, Spies put himself on the second row for a career-best grid position, and is out for a good start in order to reap the benefits of his Saturday form and keep up with the MotoGP heavyweights looking to break away early.

`This was my goal; one of the front two rows for the race, wet or dry´ said the Texan after a clear afternoon session in stark contrast to Friday´s flooded runouts. `Now we have to get a good start and see if we can run with those guys at the front.´

Spies had high hopes for his home race, but confessed that he had his doubts as to what was possible in the face of such tough and experienced competition. He had the edge in track time at Indianapolis, having participated in a July test at the track, but admitted that any advantage had been eliminated already.

`I wasn´t sure if it was realistic or not, but with about fifteen minutes to go I knew how much effort I´d put in and where the times were. They were going to go quicker, but I knew that I also had quite a bit of time left in me. The qualifying tyres are still new to me, and there´s a lot in them,´ noted the 24 year-old.

`The difference between the track back at the test and now is night and day; the layout is the same but the speeds are totally different.´

Spies joins fellow countryman Nicky Hayden on the second row on Sunday, aiming as he did at Laguna Seca to finish the race as the highest placing American.


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