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Spies wins first leg of Superbike doubleheader

4/22/2006

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Ben Spies won the first leg of the Honda
Superbike Classic AMA Superbike Championship doubleheader Saturday
at Barber Motorsports Park to tie teammate Mat Mladin for the
series lead after two rounds.

Spies and Mladin, both riding Suzuki GSX-R1000s, battled for the
lead throughout the race until Mladin ran off the track on lap 24
of the 28-lap final while attempting to pass a slower rider. Spies
finished 10.723 seconds ahead of Mladin.

"It's an awesome feeling to get a victory," said Spies, who
earned his second career AMA Superbike win. "Just like when I won
last year, Mat had problems, so we didn't get to battle to the last
lap. I didn't know he ran off the track, so I was sort of shocked
when I saw my pit board and realized the lead I had."

The second race of the doubleheader is Sunday on the 2.3-mile,
16-turn circuit.