Spies 'pretty happy' with fight back
28 August 2011 – Ben Spies was left encouraged by his pace throughout the Indianapolis Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon, carving his way through the field after a sluggish getaway. The American rose to third after ending the first lap in a lowly ninth position, putting a bold move on factory Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in the process.
"The start wasn’t too bad," Spies explained to BBC Sport after the race. "Just a couple of people went into Turn 1 really hard and I got bottled in, I think it was Dovizioso who came across in front of me at Turn 4. First of all I’m just glad I stayed on the bike, I never even saw him.
"After that happened we just had to pluck away and not get ahead of ourselves, we rode good, we just needed to be up there in the first few turns. I rode the best I could every lap, but it was really difficult to pass out there because we couldn’t do it on the straightaway.
"I definitely had to figure out some (overtaking) spots and that made it tough, but to be able to do that and then run good pace at the end after we worked the front tyre pretty hard, I was pretty happy with that."