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Spies overcomes red flags for first win

4/30/2005

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.