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May 21, 2006

Team Suzuki Press Office – May 21, 2006.

Ben Spies raced his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 to its sixth consecutive victory at today’s second-leg AMA Superbike Championship double-header at Infineon Raceway in California.

The young Texan led from the start of the rescheduled 28-lap event – avoiding forecasted and impending rain – to beat team mate Mat Mladin by 5.2 seconds.

Aaron Yates, fresh from his second place in the morning’s Superstock event, finished fifth on his Yoshimura GSX-R1000 after a close battle with Ducati’s Neil Hodgson.

Said Spies: “If you would’ve told me that I was going to have six consecutive wins at the beginning of the year, I wouldn’t have believed it. I really have to thank my crew because they’re doing a great job. I’m riding really hard but the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 is making it easy for me.”

As on Saturday, Sunday’s 28-lap race commenced with Spies taking the holeshot and leading the field to what seemed like an easy victory. “It was a good race,” he summed up afterwards. “The Suzuki GSX-R is running really good right now and I’m riding pretty decent and my Yoshimura Suzuki crew is doing a great job. I was just trying to get out front, ride my own race and click off fast laps.”

When Spies got out front, Mladin was right behind him and stayed put in second place to the flag. “It was a good race for us today,” said Mladin. “I tried to make it as close as I could but I couldn’t get around Ben today. We’ll go home and do some homework and see if we can catch him at Road America. I reckon he’s got a few too many wins under his belt now!”

Meanwhile, Yates started out strong and went on to bring home a top-five finish. “I got a really good start and was up to third on the first lap,” said Yates. “Then some guys got by me and it was kind of tough to get around. But I did, and then charged hard on my Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. I’m happy with the changes we’ve made to the bike and I’m looking forward to testing and fine-tuning the bike for Road America.”

Yoshimura Suzuki has won seven of the last eight Superbike events at Infineon Raceway, dating back to 2003. Mladin has five of the seven wins.

AMA Superbike Top 10 Finishers:

1. Ben Spies (Team Yoshimura Suzuki)
2. Mat Mladin (Team Yoshimura Suzuki)
3. Miguel Duhamel (Honda)
4. Neil Hodgson (Ducati)
5. Aaron Yates (Team Yoshimura Suzuki)
6 Tommy Hayden (Kawasaki)
7. Ben Bostrom (Ducati)
8. Jake Zemke (Honda)
9. Jake Holden (Jordan Suzuki)
10. Steve Rapp (Jordan Suzuki)

For more stories about Mat Mladin, click here . For photos, click here .
For more stories about Aaron Yates, click here . For photos, click here .
For more stories about Ben Spies, click here . For photos, click here .

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