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Spies delighted with stunning Brno front row

Spies delighted with stunning Brno front row

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider was highly impressive in qualifying for the Cardion ab Grand Prix Czech Republic, setting the second best time and placing ahead of both factory Yamaha bikes.

Ben Spies produced a standout performance in qualifying at Brno on Saturday to take second place on the starting grid, his first front row starting position in his debut season in MotoGP.

The American had led the session until its dying moments and appeared to be on course for an amazing debut pole, only for Dani Pedrosa to put in a last effort which took him just over three-tenths clear of Spies. The Texan was understandably delighted with the outcome regardless, having targeted a solid second row slot before the session.

“My goal was to be on the second row and I didn't think the front row was possible, let alone a pole position, so I'm really happy. From the start of the weekend every change we have made to the bike has been better and that doesn't usually happen,” said Spies, the highest placing Yamaha on tomorrow’s grid.

“I had a decent pace so I was confident I could have a good qualifying. When we put the second soft tyre in I got into first position and I thought people would go faster. I did a really good time at the end but when I saw I was still up there I thought, ‘I could do this.' Dani did a good job and I didn't have those last three tenths anyway and the time I set was a good time for me. It would have been nice to have a pole position but at this point just being on the middle of the front row is a great result for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team and myself.”

Now preparing himself to race on a track he triumphed on in WSBK last season Spies is aiming for a good start in order give himself the best possible chance of adding to his already impressive podium finish, achieved at Silverstone in June.

“I'll try and get a good start and if I can latch onto those guys for the first six or seven laps I can put together a good race,” he said. “I've struggled in the first few laps in some races but here I've been able to get into a fast rhythm pretty quick, so I'm looking forward to it. This is just qualifying but it gives you confidence for the race. I've had a podium in my first full season and a front row is another box ticked and that's very satisfying for me.”

MotoGP, 2010, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Ben Spies, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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