Ben Spies insists he is in 'no rush to prove anything' as the Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider prepares for this week's MotoGP test session at Sepang.
Spies heads to the Malaysian circuit to continue preparations for the 2010 season, when he heads to MotoGP as the reigning World Superbike champion.
The American impressed in his wildcard ride in Valencia at the end of the 2009 season – finishing seventh – and then produced some strong laptimes during the end of year test at the Spanish venue.
Spies now heads to Sepang for the first of two tests on his 2010 bike and he admitted that chasing laptimes during the first of those tests wasn't a priority.
“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,” he told MotoGP.com
. “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 Valencia, 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 added that he wasn't sure what to expect from the new M1 prior to hitting the track for the test, but said he felt that 2010 could be the season when satellite teams are able to get closer to the main manufacturer outfits.
“I'm going to ride it as hard as I can whatever I'm given,” he said. “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.”