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MOKE1K 05-11-2009 11:14 AM

Spies Runs Out O Gas
 
Monza World Superbike Quote Machine Final '09
Sunday, May 10, 2009
These are just in:

Drama in Monza as Spies closes the championship gap

It was a dramatic race day in Monza today for the World Superbike Championship as Yamaha rider and pole position starter Ben Spies again suffered the two extremes of racing, the victory and victory snatched away. Race one only made it to the first chicane on lap 1 as the Superbikes compressed into the tight first chicane. Tamada fell just before the corner, his bike sliding down the grass and across the track, causing collisions with Corser, Hill, Roberts and Neukirchener in the ensuing carnage. A red flag was issued and the race restarted. The race then became a battle at the front between Haga, Fabrizio and Spies for the lead. By lap nine Spies had a one second advantage over the Ducatis as they fought for second, Fabrizio ending up the stronger and closing in.

Three laps from the end Fabrizio drafted Spies on the main straight to take the lead going into the first chicane, only for Spies to take it back on the penultimate lap. The Yamaha rider then led convincingly and was looking a certainty for the win until running out of fuel as he took the Parabolica corner for the last time heading for the start finish straight.He managed to coast to the line but was in 15th position by the time he passed the chequered flag. Team-mate Tom Sykes started well from tenth on the grid and was eighth by the end of the first lap. Consistent race pace saw him take two more positions over the duration, crossing the line in sixth to take more points.

Race two saw Spies hungry to make up the misfortune of race one. Off the line he slipped into second behind Haga briefly before moving into the lead when Haga was struck by a bird on the first corner. From this point his win was never in doubt as the Texan put his head down and laid down lap after lap of fast perfect lines, adding a second gap per lap between himself and second position Fabrizio. As the race tipped over halfway point Spies slowed to ensure the issue of race one was not repeated, taking the chequered flag over 2.6 seconds ahead of second placed Fabrizio.

British rider Sykes had another consistent race in the second outing of the day, moving up from tenth to sixth position, but was unable to find the extra pace to pass fifth placed Biaggi by the end of the race.

Ben Spies leaves Monza having closed the gap to championship leader Haga, he heads to Kyalami with 146 points, 54 behind the lead. Sykes heads to South Africa having moved up to fifth in the championship on 90 points and now trails Haslam by only 13.
Ben Spies

MOKE1K 05-11-2009 12:58 PM

The one opportunity Speis has to capitalize on Haga and he runs out of gas?

Kenneth_Moore 05-11-2009 01:06 PM

I knew that new crossplane crank was going to be a gas hog!

So, do you blame Speis or the crew? Or both? Seems like his teammate could have come along and "pegged" the guy across the line.

MOKE1K 05-11-2009 03:39 PM

I would blame the team. Like the team rider statment though!!!

motorcyclemaniac 05-11-2009 08:49 PM

That sucks about Spies. His results are either great or terrible this year. He did get some luck with a bird taking out Haga. If it wasn't for that his championship chances would be worse.

MOKE1K 05-12-2009 07:46 AM

Yeah but just imagine the point gap if he'd of won the first race, thats whats so hard to let go of.

Buzglyd 05-12-2009 08:28 AM

He should be racing with Mladin in AMA learning how to save fuel.

acecycleins 05-12-2009 01:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Buzglyd (Post 213181)
He should be racing with Mladin in AMA learning how to save fuel.

BA-HA!!!! You kill me.

Bet that little fuel miscalculation never happens again.

MOKE1K 05-12-2009 02:13 PM

Hopefully the champsionship wont come down to this race. Who ever miscalculated the fuel is going to be kicking themselves if it does.

mugwump58 05-12-2009 04:25 PM

"I know they love 'the Ben'" he said as he dropped to one knee to pray to the worn out sprocket that lay on the floor, "Please let Nori win the championship, please".

So how long does it take for a femur to heal?


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