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Spies pleased to be back on Suzuki GSV-R

Spies pleased to be back on Suzuki GSV-R

Riding for Suzuki and Bridgestone in the first MotoGP Indianapolis test on Tuesday Ben Spies was enthusiastic about being back on the GSV-R 800cc prototype which he recently debuted on at Donington.

Regularly tipped for a full-time arrival in the World Championship in 2009 the American AMA Champion Ben Spies continued his MotoGP education on Tuesday as the most prolific participant on the first day of the historic test at the newly laid out road course.

Preparing for wildcard appearances at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix in July and the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix in September, with just a brief 2007 Valencia test and one full weekend of riding at Donington on MotoGP machinery under his belt, this week´s test is a great opportunity for Spies to gain valuable further experience on the Suzuki GSV-R 800cc bike.

Indeed, while taking the chance to learn the peculiarities of the new Indianapolis Motor Speedway layout on Tuesday Spies was more focused on the bike he was riding than the circuit itself.

`It´s just that this is a new motorcycle for me so I´m just trying to do as many laps as I can, and that´s about it. The track, after a few laps you learn it no matter what, so I am just trying to get more comfortable on the bike. In the end, we´re getting faster and faster so it was a pretty good day,´ said Spies after clocking a best time of 1´44.227 on his 91st lap of the day, to leave him just 0.051s behind pace setter Niccolo Canepa of Ducati.

Giving his first impressions of IMS and the new track he added, `I think there´s a couple little things they can improve, but I also think the people at the track are definitely going to go for that and make it happen for the race and fix what´s needed to be fixed to make it better. For the first time on the track, I think it´s a pretty good starting point.´

MotoGP, 2008, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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