REIGNING World Superbike champion Ben Spies will ride a motorcycle for the first time in two months this week, in the first official MotoGP test of 2010 at Sepang, Malaysia.
The American will to return to the 5km circuit in three weeks time, for Monster Tech 3's second stint at the track; Spies says he is in no hurry to prove anything in the first session:
“The good thing is that we go back again three weeks later, so I’m not in a rush at all to prove anything in the first test,” said Spies. “Time-wise I’m not so concerned, I just want to put laps in and mess with the bike so I’m actually changing things. After the test at Valencia we didn’t change anything with the bike, so really I’ll just get a solid set-up and then we’ll go back there again in three weeks and that’s where I’ll really start trying to get down to my business, doing the best I can and getting up to speed. This first test is more just a shakedown. I’ve not ridden a motorcycle since the Valencia race, I haven’t ridden a motocross bike – I haven’t done anything. I’ve just been lying low, so I have to knock the dust off and start working with the new team and see how that goes.”
Spies goes on to say that the new 2010 long-life engine rules in MotoGP should make the racing much closer:
“I’m going to ride it as hard as I can whatever I’m given. I would like to say that with the new engine rules and things like that, that I feel that a satellite team bike from any manufacturer is going to be closer than it has been in recent years, just because it’s a lot cheaper on a manufacturer to produce. But I really can’t tell you what I’m going to be on compared to what the factory guys will be on, or if it’s going to be the same identical bike. I have no clue right now but I’m just going to show up in Malaysia and start clicking off laps, and start that learning process.”