Spies delighted to claim maiden victory
25 June 2011 – Ben Spies was thrilled to achieve his first ever MotoGP win at the TT Circuit Assen on Saturday afternoon, taking advantage of a first-lap clash between pole-sitter Marco Simoncelli and Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo. The American went on to establish a comfortable lead, finishing seven seconds clear of championship leader Casey Stoner.
"It was a strange race today as it was one of the most comfortable races we had and it resulted in a win," Spies explained. "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!"