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Spies puts Suzuki in top six at the Brickyard

Spies puts Suzuki in top six at the Brickyard

Putting his two days of test experience at Indianapolis to good use on Sunday Ben Spies recorded a top six finish in his third MotoGP appearance.

Just as he was in qualifying on Saturday, wildcard Ben Spies was the best-performing Rizla Suzuki rider in Sunday´s MotoGP contest at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Ben Spies – sixth

`It was a good race today for me because my goal was to better my result at Laguna and I did that. I know that I had a fourth place bike today though because the crew had got it working great, but after 10 laps I couldn´t see anything through my visor and that was why I never made an attack because I had to follow the other guys around me to see where I was going – I think if I had lost them I would have got caught by everybody! I rode as hard as I could and ended the race with a good sixth place. I wish we could have done a bit better, but every time I´m getting on a GP bike I´m getting better results so who knows what´s to come!´

Chris Vermeulen - ninth

`It was very difficult out there today and starting from fifteenth didn´t help. There was a lot of spray and a quicker line soon formed so it was very tricky when you moved off that to try and pass. I got through into the top-ten and felt like I had a bit more, but when I tried to push there was no more lap-time to come. I was then kind of stagnant with the guys from fourth place on and just couldn´t catch them. At the end the conditions got really bad and the wind was so strong things were blowing all over the place and it was getting a bit dangerous, so it was a good idea to stop the race even though it was a pity we didn´t go the full distance. So here´s to coming back here next year and doing a lot better!´

Loris Capirossi – sixteenth

`The whole weekend has been hard for me as I never found the best solution on the bike. During this morning´s warm-up the bike felt a bit better in the dry and we hoped the conditions would stay like that for the race - unfortunately the conditions were not only worse they were the worst I have ever ridden in! In the first corner someone pushed me wide and I was last and although I tried to fight back it was so difficult out there that I couldn´t really make any difference. I want to forget about this weekend, the race has now gone and I want to concentrate on the next event and make a good result for Suzuki and the team in Japan!´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Chris Vermeulen, Loris Capirossi, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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