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Spies delivers first season podium

Spies delivers first season podium

Ben Spies celebrated his first podium finish for Yamaha Factory Racing at the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya today. The American shut the door neatly on Valentino Rossi to take third as they dropped into the first corner, holding the position until the end.

Spies delivered the same consistent race pace he displayed since the beginning of the weekend, securing third position from the first corner to the chequered flag. The Texan built a lead of around a second from Andrea Dovizioso for the duration of the race to claim his first podium for the Factory Yamaha Team, jumping an impressive five places up the standings to seventh with 36 points, eleven points behind fellow American Nicky Hayden in sixth.

Ben Spies:
“We just kept pushing and pushing and we were slowly catching up to Jorge, not necessarily to try and catch and pass him but to stay away from Andrea. The bike was great and I felt good on it and just needed a good result. After the first couple of laps I realised we had a shot at a podium so I rode as hard as I could. The tyre was a good choice for us today; we did what we came here to accomplish and that’s good enough. Big thanks to the team who worked hard to deliver a great package this weekend, bring on Silverstone!”

MotoGP, 2011, GRAN PREMI APEROL DE CATALUNYA, Ben Spies, Yamaha Factory Racing

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