Bikes: Spies on pole in Virginia

Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Ben Spies recorded his seventh pole position of the year in qualifying for this weekend's AMA Superbike double-header at Virginia International Raceway, Alton as Suzuki GSX-R1000s swept the top four places.

Spies had trailed team mate Mat Mladin throughout the half hour morning session until, towards the end, turned a deficit into an advantage by lapping the 2.25-mile road course in 1:23.403 minutes.

The time was under Mladin's record of 1:24.045 minutes and .069 faster than Mladin's best this morning.

Jordan Suzuki's Aaron Yates qualified third, a second down on Mladin with Tommy Hayden putting the third Rockstar Makita Suzuki on the end of the front row.

Superbike Qualifying:

1. Ben Spies (Suzuki) 1:23.403 2. Mat Mladin (Suzuki) 1:23.472 3. Aaron Yates (Suzuki) 1:24.545 4. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki) 1:24.653 5. Jason DiSalvo (Yamaha) 1:24.707 6. Eric Bostrom (Yamaha) 1:25.061 7. Jamie Hacking (Kawasaki) 1:25.072 8. Neil Hodgson (Honda) 1:25.311 9. Roger Lee Hayden (Kawasaki) 1:25.369 10. Geoff May (Suzuki) 1:25.681


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