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Spies: "Our testing is starting now"

Spies: 'Our testing is starting now'

Ben Spies admits that he still has a mountain to climb in fully configuring his bike. The American, who has switched for 2013 from Yamaha Factory Racing to Ignite Pramac Racing, continues to suffer from his accident of Malaysia last year.

In last season’s race at Sepang, Spies crashed and suffered a shoulder separation as well as a cracked rib and bruised lung. Since then, he has also revealed a concussion which continued to affect him for approximately four months.

“I’m okay, even though tonight’s session didn’t go exactly the way we wanted,” the Ducati said at the Losail International Circuit on Friday night. “We tried something a little bit different before our practice and it didn’t work out. We had to make a change during the session, which cost me some time.

“We know we missed about 50% of testing due to my injury and learning a new bike so, realistically, our testing is starting now. It was the first time that we pushed the bike hard and I’m learning things about it. We’re changing stuff and getting used to it, but we need more time. The feeling with the bike is getting better every time out.”

Although he and Pramac teammate Andrea Iannone have not finished in the overall top ten of the first to third practice sessions, both men have another chance to enter Q2; in Q1 on Saturday, the two quickest riders will be promoted to the final shootout.

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