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Second row for satisfied Spies

Second row for satisfied Spies

Ben Spies set himself up perfectly for a strong showing in the Gran Premio A-Style de Aragón after another masterful qualifying performance at the spectacular new Spanish venue this afternoon.

Spies will start from the second row of the grid for the seventh time in the last eight races after a dazzling lap of 1’49.565 saw him end a shortened 45-minute qualifying session in fifth position.

Having quickly mastered the technical and challenging 5.078km track in two practice sessions yesterday, Spies was able to significantly improve the set-up of his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1 in sunny but cool conditions this afternoon.

Temperatures nudged close to 20ºC and Spies concentrated on making his YZR-M1 machine turn better in the long corners of the Motorland Aragón circuit, which has drawn universal praise from the MotoGP field for its challenging layout. He finished only 0.059s behind compatriot Nicky Hayden in fourth place and just over 0.2s away from registering his third front row start in the last four races.

Ben Spies – 5th

“I'm pretty happy to be on the second row again and I managed to put in some decent laps on the race tyre that bodes well for tomorrow. I can still improve the bike and make it steer better in the longer corners because in the tight and twisty sections we've got it working pretty well. I'm in that top six battle where I need to be and I'm satisfied with that because I'm still in that fight for the top three in the Championship. The start will be crucial because we're lacking a little bit of speed on the straight, so I need to get off the line good to try and go with those guys at the front. This track has got a lot of passing opportunities so it should be fun and a pretty good race for the fans to watch. I'm just trying to stay in that top six for the rest of the season but it is good that I'm consistently able to qualify and race with the fastest riders in MotoGP.”

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 press release

MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMIO A-STYLE DE ARAGON, Ben Spies, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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