News 29 Jun 2011

Spies looking to take advantage of momentum at Mugello on Sunday

Texan Ben Spies is the man of the moment in MotoGP after Assen.

Texan Ben Spies is the man of the moment in MotoGP after Assen.

Yamaha’s newest MotoGP winner Ben Spies is looking to carry momentum into Mugello just one week following his incredible Assen triumph.

Spies performed well on his first visit to the Italian track last year, taking seventh after an intense battle which saw him ride as high as fourth at times.

After winning last weekend’s Dutch TT, he’s determined to continue his form breakthrough come Sunday in Italy.

“These few days off seem to have taken forever, when you finish a race like Assen you just want to get straight back in and try to do it again,” the American said.

“My first GP victory still hasn’t sunk in properly – it was pretty special for me to be able to do it at such a legendary circuit and at this unique time in Yamaha’s history. The red and white livery definitely bought me luck!

“I’m looking forward to Mugello, the track has apparently got a new surface with lots of grip so it should be pretty good for the bike and pretty exciting for the fans.”

Spies now sits sixth in the world championship, climbing the ladder as he gains confidence in his factory position this season.