Ben Spies may not officially have been announced as taking over Valentino Rossi's place at the factory Yamaha team next season, but the present Tech 3 rider did get to try an early version of next year's YZR-M1 during Monday's test session at Brno.
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Title leader Jorge Lorenzo, whom Spies will surely ride alongside in 2011, also tried the all-black prototype bike. Rossi is only testing with this year's bike.
Testing concludes at Brno later today.