Ben Spies Takes AMA Superbike Opening Round At Daytona International Speedway

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Yoshimura Suzuki's Ben Spies continued his winning trend at Daytona International Speedway this weekend capturing the AMA Superbike Opening Round on Sunday. On Thursday, Spies earned his first Daytona victory when he captured the 13-lap Superstock event. "Actually made a big mistake a couple laps in and had to find my way back," Spies said. "We got back up front and charged and got right on the back of Mat (Mladin), then he made a mistake. We got out and I got a second and a half lead and just kind of saved the tire and brought it home. To do the double here - that's nice" Spies will take home the maximum amount of championship points with the Daytona Superbike victory, most laps led and the pole position as he attempts to defend his AMA Superbike title. Rounding out the podium was a pair of Hondas. Miguel Duhamel took second with Jake Zemke coming home in third. "The bike felt good right through testing," Duhamel said. "Even here I knew I had a good bike. I just wanted to go out there and prove it. Talk is cheap. We're going to be there all year. I really want to go out there and make a statement that we aren't just showing up to fill the grid - we're here to win this championship." The wild 15-lap race included several top factory riders going off track including Jamie Hacking, Aaron Yates, Roger Lee Hayden and Mladin. Daytona 200 Week By Honda concludes with the Daytona 200 By Honda later Saturday afternoon.
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