Ben Spies has never ridden a Ducati before in his life but that didn't stop the American from saying in the off-season that the Ducati GP12 is better than most critics feel it is, and that he targets the podium in 2013.
With the Sepang test happening this week, Spies now says that he intends to take his progression on the Italian machine slowly.
Spies says that he does not intend to use a lap-timer for Sepang test and will ride as much as his body will allow. Spies had major shoulder surgery at the end of the 2012 season and missed the final Grand Prix of the season. Yamaha replacement rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga finished on the podium in the Valencia GP.
Numerous experts suggest that the Ducati is not the easiest GP bike to turn but both Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi were able to race the machine with damaged and healing shoulders.
Former rider Rossi's major source of complaint in the Ducati was that the front end lacked the feedback he needed to build confidence. Have these issues been solved on the Ducati GP13 MotoGP bike?
Spies says that he intends to go fast enough at this test so that he can then test some development parts.