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Tech 3 explains rookie test decision.

"Ben is confident enough in his and Yamaha's potential not to push for an extra test... He will have enough time to be ready for the first race of 2010"
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal has confirmed that Ben Spies will not have a special 'rookie test' and expressed disappointment that the extra track outings were created.

By the end of this week all four 250cc stars stepping up to the MotoGP class in 2010 will have taken part in an additional three-day 'rookie test', not available to the present premier-class field.

Suzuki's new signing Alvaro Bautista and Aspar Ducati's Hector Barbera rode last month during private tests at Estoril and Jerez respectively, while Honda riders Marco Simoncelli and Hiroshi Aoyama are presently on track at Sepang in Malaysia.

But arguably the most high profile 2010 rookie, newly crowned World Superbike champion Spies, will not have the extra track time. Poncharal, also president of Teams' association IRTA, explained why:

“Honestly sometimes I don't understand people,” the Frenchman told “Some people who had, for quite a while, not recognised that there was a growing financial problem [in MotoGP] then suddenly reacted in a kind of panic early this year.

“But we calmed things down and there were a lot of decisions taken to save money for 2009 and 2010.

“We deleted Friday morning practice and stopped all but two post-race tests, we reduced costs with the single tyre and since the Czech Republic we reduced the number of engines. And for 2010 we had three tests of two days instead of three days.

“So we thought 'okay, we are all going in the same direction'. Then we started to hear 'why don't we give the rookies more tests and make the tests three days?'.

“There was a lot of pressure, a lot of lobbying by some people, so the decision was that until the end of 2009 a rookie could be a test rider. But from the 1st of January any contracted MotoGP rider cannot be nominated as a test rider.

“We always try to bend the rules. Is it good or not? For me I think it is not good, but other people think it is. I am a democrat so I follow the majority rule.

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Johno - Unregistered

December 22, 2009 1:41 PM

Its a shame all you brits cant figure out that most comments by americans on this site are just meant to get under your skin. Do any of us really think Spies is going to challenge rossi or the other aliens next year, absolutely not!! We do get a kick out of pissing you guys off though as it is so pathetically easy to do. Talk in some supposed back country accent or make some asinine comment and you idiots are over the moon with rage. I do think a couple of years down the road, especially with the 1000s returning, he will contend, but not next year.

Matt - Unregistered

December 22, 2009 12:41 PM

How did Poncharal ruin JT? What's he supposed to do, ride the bike for him? As Poncharal said in the article if anyone bothered to read it - Spies had a 3-day GP weekend, the other Rookies are getting a separate 2 (or 3?) day test. It all equals out. If Spies went to one of the 'rookies' tests then he'd have even more time on the bike then all the other rookies. As it is now it's all fairly equal, so quit trying to claim he's sabotaging his riders and do the math. Bottom line is, what he's basically saying is that everyone agreed to save money and then a few days later some agreed to spend more by having more tests. Double standards within the paddock as far as saving $$ goes.

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