Spies took revenge during Race 2, riding a near-flawless 22 laps while battling fiercely with Haga and Biaggi. With four laps to go, Spies pushed the already blistering pace to open a slight gap on Haga, which he held to the finish. This win-coming in front of a record 69,300 spectators-made Spies the first American to top an SBK podium since Colin Edwards did so at Imola, Italy, in 2002. Then, proving this wasn't rookie's luck, Spies did the double in the desert two weeks later, winning both races at the Losail Circuit in Doha, Qatar-another fiercely fast racetrack that Spies had only seen on Xbox. Second in the series (just 10 points behind Haga) after two events, with two Superpoles and three race wins distinguishing his short SBK resume, it's looking like Spies will follow in Edwards' footsteps and become the next World Superbike Champion from the Lone Star State.