Spies targets Mugello podium finish
2 July 2011 – Factory Yamaha rider Ben Spies says he is 'looking forward to challenging' for a place on the Mugello rostrum on Sunday, with the American equalling his personal best qualifying result of the year at the Italian venue. Spies will start from second place on the grid tomorrow afternoon, the same position he started last weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix, scene of his dominant maiden MotoGP victory.
"Everybody only got about ten laps in this afternoon, we only used on set of tyres so we have plenty for tomorrow," Spies, whose team-mate Jorge Lorenzo lines up on the second row, said after the rain-affected qualifying hour. "We’re pretty confident we know which rubber we want to use after the qualifying session.
"I wish we could have had the whole hour in the dry but there you go, it was the same for everyone. We think we can make the bike a bit better for the race so we’ll work on it and I’m looking forward to challenging for the podium."