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Looks like its all over for Spies....

....he's only second in provisional qualifying, by a little over 1/10th. His early season performance was obviously beginner's luck.

Biaggi on pole.
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Hopkins is 18th and the fifth Honda down the order.

But it is just his first time racing this year, first full day in race conditions with the team. New tires, new bike, new hairdo.

I would be surprised if he finishes in the top for either race, but will get better as the season progesses. He should find his place in the pecking order by mid-season. I would say most weekends in points but off the podium.

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Wait until Saturday... I'm glad Spies figured out his bike so quickly, but this is Europe now and the European's will win...
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Just the morning practice... He has one more practice and then superpole. Could be hedging the bets..

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Wait until Saturday... I'm glad Spies figured out his bike so quickly, but this is Europe now and the European's will win...
I'll bet money that Spies wins the championship this year. How about $1000?

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Wait until Saturday... I'm glad Spies figured out his bike so quickly, but this is Europe now and the European's will win...
Spies stole your girlfriend, didn't he? Either that or you're just an insanely jealous "racer". When he gets to Miller, will the "Americans" take over?

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I'll bet money that Spies wins the championship this year. How about $1000?
I'll cover another $1000 after the above is filled. Cmon Haga fans, this is his year and he is gonna win for sure!

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Tye: the sheer depth of your denial astounds me. You're at least consistent in your beliefs.


Now about this bet....I propose we start a pool. $100 gets you in, pick any racer on the grid. Losers donate their $100 to RRW's AFF, winners can too if they wanna be upstanding and all that

I'm in...my Benjamin says SPIES
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Wait until Saturday... I'm glad Spies figured out his bike so quickly, but this is Europe now and the European's will win...
Ya know, you prolly shouldn't have posted that.....gonna be hard to have that brought to your attention everything you post anything on here after Spies gets finished coasting to a championship that won't get anywhere near the final round before being decided.

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he just slaughtered everybody in superpole.....
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Hey Tye....its saturday:


Superpole 3:
1. Ben Spies USA Yamaha WSB YZF R1 1min 33.270 sec
2. Regis Laconi FRA DFX Corse Ducati 1198 1min 33.955 sec
3. Noriyuki Haga JPN Ducati Xerox 1198 1min 34.082 sec
4. Michel Fabrizio ITA Ducati Xerox 1198 1min 34.259 sec
5. Yukio Kagayama JPN Suzuki Alstare Brux GSX-R1000 1min 34.755 sec
6. Max Neukirchner GER Suzuki Alstare Brux GSX-R1000 1min 34.903 sec
7. Jonathan Rea GBR Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 35.056 sec
8. Carlos Checa SPA Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 35.346 sec
Superpole 2:
9. Ryuichi Kiyonari JPN Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 34.536 sec
10. Leon Haslam GBR Stiggy Racing Honda CBR1000RR 1min 34.655 sec
11. Jakub Smrz CZE Guandalini Racing Ducati 1198 1min 34.684 sec
12. Shane Byrne GBR Sterilgarda Ducati 1198 1min 34.742 sec
13. Broc Parkes AUS Kawasaki World Superbike ZX-10R 1min 34.823 sec
14. Troy Corser AUS BMW Motorrad S1000RR 1min 34.863 sec
15. Brendan Roberts AUS Guandalini Racing Ducati 1198 1min 35.082 sec
16. John Hopkins USA Stiggy Racing Honda CBR1000RR 1min 35.251 sec
Superpole 1:
17. Tom Sykes GBR Yamaha WSB YZF R1 1min 35.203 sec
18. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Racing RSV4 1min 35.204 sec
19. Ruben Xaus SPA BMW Motorrad S1000RR 1min 35.806 sec
20. Shinya Nakano JPN Aprilia Racing RSV4 no time *
Non-Superpole times:
21. David Salom SPA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1min 35.718 sec
22. Tommy Hill GBR Hannspree Althea Honda CBR1000RR 1min 35.890 sec
23. Karl Muggeridge AUS Celani Suzuki GSX-R1000 1min 35.909 sec
24. Makoto Tamada JPN Kawasaki World Superbike ZX-10R 1min 36.030 sec
25. Luca Scassa ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1min 36.119 sec
26. David Checa SPA Yamaha France GMT 94 Ipone YZF R1 1min 36.581 sec
27. Ayrton Badovini ITA PSG-1 Kawasaki ZX-10R 1min 36.745 sec
28. Vittorio Iannuzzo ITA SCI Honda CBR1000RR 1min 36.813 sec
29. Matteo Baiocco ITA PSG-1 Kawasaki ZX-10R 1min 36.826 sec
30. Roland Resch SWI TKR Suzuki Switzerland GSX-R1000 1min 37.820 sec



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not nice to beat up on everybody on your spare bike...........


Spies pole supremacy continues at Valencia

Ben Spies continued his perfect 2009 qualifying run by taking his third World Superpole pole in as many attempts with a record-breaking lap at Valencia on Saturday.

The rookie, winner of the last three races, suffered some kind of technical problem with his factory-backed Yamaha in Superpole 2 and had to switch to his spare bike. Nevertheless, Spies shot from eighth to first with one and a half minutes of the third and final Superpole session remaining.

The Texan's best lap time was a stunning 1min 33.270sec, smashing Max Neukirchner's 2008 pole record by over half a second to sit a massive 0.685sec clear of nearest rival Regis Laconi.

DFX Corse rider Laconi produced an admirable performance to be the leading Ducati rider, with championship leader Noriyuki Haga 0.812sec behind Spies in third on the factory 1198. Team-mate Michel Fabrizio will start on the outside of the front row in fourth.

Yukio Kagayama heads row two, ahead of Suzuki Alstare Brux team-mate Neukirchner, with rookie Jonathan Rea the lead Honda rider in seventh.

Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team-mate Carlos Checa, who clashed with leader Neukirchner at the final corner of race one at Valencia last season, will start in eighth place after a best lap over two-seconds slower than Spies.

Checa had crashed early in Superpole 2 and was using his spare bike.

Aprilia's Max Biaggi, fastest in Friday qualifying and Saturday free practice at Valencia, was among those eliminated in the very first phase of Saturday's knockout Superpole session.

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Tye? .....Hello.... Cant hear you

fast, cheap, reliable.... pick 2
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I think that he is now in the Witless Protection Program.

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I think that he is now in the Witless Protection Program.
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After Spies' Superpole performance, perhaps he's temporarily tongue-Tyed. Although maybe he's not replying because he's "engaged" in some form of private "physical" activity which has him rendered hog-Tyed. Then again, when the title is won by Spies in run away fashion, our less than impartial friend will likely be so upset that he'll simply be fit to be Tyed.


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Superpole 3:
1. Ben Spies USA Yamaha WSB YZF R1 1min 33.270 sec
Just more luck on Ben's part. Just wait until The Race. THAT'S when it gets serious.

As far the betting pool is concerned, is there anyone who'd get picked to win besides Spies? May as well just send a $100 donation to the RRW AFF right now.
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After Spies' Superpole performance, perhaps he's temporarily tongue-Tyed. Although maybe he's not replying because he's "engaged" in some form of private "physical" activity which has him rendered hog-Tyed. Then again, when the title is won by Spies in run away fashion, our less than impartial friend will likely be so upset that he'll simply be fit to be Tyed.
Awesome...

Tye, please dont take any of this as any more than a good ol fashion rib'n

Tongue Tyed....

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Wait until Saturday... I'm glad Spies figured out his bike so quickly, but this is Europe now and the European's will win...

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