News 27 Jul 2011

Spies rues missed podium opportunity at first home grand prix of the season

Spies' inspired Laguna Seca ride landed him just short of the podium.

Spies' inspired Laguna Seca ride landed him just short of the podium.

Yamaha’s Ben Spies has commented that if not for a bad start to lap one at Laguna Seca, he could have landed on the podum at his first home Grand Prix.

After getting a good jump from the line, a bad run up the first hill left Spies with a tough workload ahead, first having to work his way around Ducati’s Valentino Rossi for fifth and then close a huge gap to fourth placed rider, Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso.

“I got a really good start but going uphill to the steep part of the track basically we didn’t have enough power. I got stuck behind Valentino, I tried to get around as quick as I could but he’s really good on the brakes so it was pretty tough but I did the best I could,” Spies commented.

“Once we got around him it was quite a big gap to Dovizioso but I just kept my head down and kept going. I’m happy we were able to track him down and get fourth. It was a really good race for us it just got spoilt in the first five hundred feet.”

“I would have liked to have been on the podium as I think we had a package to fight with Dani (Pedrosa), I guess that’s racing and I gave it 100% as always.”

Spies will look to turn his strong form into a podium when the MotoGP series heads to Brno, Czech Republic on August 14.