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Eighth “not a true reflection” says Spies

Eighth “not a true reflection” says Spies

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider believed he had the pace for a top-five finish at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.

Ben Spies was left frustrated with his eighth place at Sachsenring on Sunday, a solid result for the rookie but one which he feels did not represent a fair reward for his performance in the race.

“Eighth place does not reflect what happened on track today and it was quite clear that I could have been much higher,” said Spies. “I had the misfortune in qualifying yesterday that was nobody's fault, but starting that far back hurt me today.”

The American spent the first half of the race making up ground from his qualification position of 13th, having suffered the misfortune of a crash in qualifying for which he was faultless as he slipped on spilt oil.

“It wasn't easy to pass Melandri because his bike accelerates really well but once I got by and could run my own race, I was really happy with how I performed. Dovizioso, Simoncelli and Nicky were five seconds clear at that point but I got to just over a second away from them.”

Spies stated: “I was pretty much the fifth fastest guy on the track and I definitely had a fifth place result in me today, but I just had bad luck with the qualifying crash. But I leave with a top eight result and I'm not that far away from fourth in the Championship now.”

Indeed the American is eighth in the overall standings, 16 points off fourth-placed Casey Stoner as he heads to the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix this weekend where he hopes to please his home crowd.

“Now I'm really looking forward to going home and racing at Laguna Seca. I love the circuit and I will have a lot of support and I genuinely believe I can run in the top five,” concluded the 26 year-old.

MotoGP, 2010, eni MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Ben Spies, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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