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Yoshimura Suzuki’s Ben Spies Nabs Fourth in Daytona Supersport Race

March 10, 2006

Round 1 - AMA Supersport Series
Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona International Speedway
March 8 -11, 2006

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Ben Spies rode his brand-new Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R600 to an impressive fourth-place finish in the season-opening round of AMA Supersport at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Thursday afternoon.

Spies’ first real test with the new-for-2006 Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R600 came Wednesday afternoon during AMA Supersport qualifying. Spies qualified on the second row in fifth position after posting a best time of 1:43.217.

“The new GSX-R600 is a work in progress,” said an optimistic Spies after the session. “This is our first real shakedown with the bike and we’re still working on suspension settings. I think that qualifying fifth shows the bike’s potential.”

In the 22-lap race, Spies got off to a good start and ran with the lead group for the race’s entirety. He stayed in fourth for the whole race, battling regularly for third place.

“It was a good race and I’m happy with a top-five finish,” said Spies. “The new GSX-R600 has got a lot of horsepower but we’re still in development. I think the motorcycle has got a lot of potential and I’m excited about the rest of the season.”

Ben Spies, Team Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R600, #11
4th Place - AMA SuperSport
4th Place – Overall

SuperSport Top 10 Finishers:
1. Roger Lee Hayden, Kawasaki
2. Jamie Hacking, Yamaha
3. Tommy Hayden, Kawasaki
4. Ben Spies, Team Yoshimura Suzuki
5. Danny Eslick, Suzuki
6. Damon Buckmaster, Kawasaki
7. Geoff May, M4 EMGO Suzuki
8. Pascal Picotte, Yamaha
9. Alastair Steeley, Yamaha
10. Ben Attard, Kawasaki

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