Spies remains confident of clinching WSB crown

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Despite trailing championship leader Noriyuki Haga by seven points, WSB sensation Ben Spies remains 100% confident he can win the title in his rookie year.

The American rider saw his chance of taking the lead in the standings disappear in race one at Brno on Sunday when he was taken out by Haga’s team-mate Michel Fabrizio.

The factory Yamaha man made amends in race two by taking the win ahead of a hard charging Max Biaggi.

Out of the remaining four rounds of the series, Spies knows two of the tracks – Imola and Portimao and with 200 points still available is bullish about his chances of taking the title.

Speaking to MCN he said:
“People are saying that there is not much racing left, but for me, with the way the points are in WSB it’s like being half way through the year back in AMA. It’s far from over.

“I’m still going for race wins, I’ve tested at Imola, I think the bike will work well at Nurburgring and Magny Cours and we know the bike is good at Portimao and I know I’m fast there. If it comes down to the last weekend and we’ve got to go to Portugal and win races I’ll be looking forward to it.”

During his rookie season Spies has won an incredible 11 races but has been robbed of vital points in seven races.

He said:
“With the DNF’s I’ve had I’m not where I should be in the championship and both Nori and Michel know that. I’ve still got a lot of confidence and I’m feeling good for the rest of the season.”

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Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider