Spies overcomes red flags for first win

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