Spies overcomes red flags for first win

Updated: April 30, 2005, 10:35 PM ET
Associated Press

FONTANA, Calif. -- Rookie Ben Spies raced to his first AMA Superbike Championship victory Saturday at California Speedway, overcoming two red flags and a late charge by Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Aaron Yates.

Spies, a 20-year-old Texan, beat Yates by six-tenths of a second. Britain's Neil Hodgson was third on a Ducati, followed by Honda's Miguel Duhamel.

Mat Mladin, the defending series and race winner, finished 31st following mechanical problems after leading the most laps in the race.

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