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Spies follows up with another impressive display

Spies follows up with another impressive display

Fourth place at the TIM TT Assen was another strong performance from the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider, following his first MotoGP podium six days previously.

Ben Spies again rode a well-judged race to place fourth this time out at the TIM TT Assen, scoring another top-end finish after his first MotoGP podium at Silverstone less than a week ago.

The American started from the second row in Saturday’s race and shot up to second place as he made a fantastic getaway when the lights went out, battling with race winner Jorge Lorenzo and podium finishers Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner in the early stages. As the race went on Spies dropped to fifth but overtook Andrea Dovizioso and then held off the Italian to maintain fourth to the finish line, making the last two rounds his best results so far.

“I wanted at least fourth place today and I'm happy but I didn't have the pace for the podium like in Silverstone,” said Spies. “I got a good start and was happy with that. I ran the soft rear tyre because it made the front load better for turning and the track temperature was hotter than all weekend. But it didn't work as well I'd hoped in the first ten laps and then when Dani and Casey came by I knew I was holding them up. But I was sticking with my game plan.”

A duel with Dovizioso then developed which saw Spies and the Repsol Honda rider closely matched before the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider turned the screw and managed to pull away.

“I tried as hard as I could and 12 laps in Andrea passed me. But then his tyres dropped down to where I was with mine and I reeled him back in,” said Spies. “The podium battle had gone away and then over the last three laps I heard Andrea and Randy putting the pressure on. I put my head down hard and managed to open a gap. I was sliding a lot but I managed to stretch away and I could cruise the last lap.”

Spies’ MotoGP debut season continues with a visit to Montmeló for round seven and another new challenge he is relishing the thought of.

“I'm happy with the result and we go to Catalunya next week not knowing the track and I think we will be a little bit on the back foot again. But I'll do the same as the past two weeks and push as hard as I can,” concluded the 25 year-old, who is eighth in the overall standings with 49 points.

MotoGP, 2010, TIM TT ASSEN, Ben Spies, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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