Ben Spies chose to kick off Yamaha’s 50th Anniversary of Grand Prix Racing in style today, delivering a flawless performance at the Assen TT to claim his first ever MotoGP race win. Spies had been on form all weekend delivering consistent fast race pace in all sessions whether wet or dry and been beaten to pole by a mere 0.009 seconds by Marco Simoncelli.
Spies has had a mixed season so far, and much was expected of him as he moved up to the factory team to replace Valentino Rossi – so his victory in front of the Yamaha top execs who were there for Yamaha’s 50th Anniversary of Grand Prix Racing was timely way to get his season back on track.
His victory means Spies jumps to 7th place in the Championship Standings.
Ben Spies – Position 1st – Time 41.44.659
“It was a strange race today as it was one of the most comfortable races we had and it resulted in a win. I saw the Simoncelli crash on the TV screen in the corner of my eye so I knew about it. I had a good feeling in the bike in the first couple of laps and had to push as much as I could to get a gap. When Casey was pushing back I still had a few tenths if I needed to, we could always match the pace. To do it this weekend with the 50th colours gives a little bit of pressure but it came out good! I was racing as hard as I could, I have to thank my guys; they gave me a great bike today. At least we’ve won a race now!”
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