Maxime Berger has begun the preparations for his World Superbike Championship debut in 2011 by conducting a maiden test with Supersonic Racing in Spain.

The Frenchman will step up to the premier Superbike series next season after three years spent as a Superstock 1000 front runner, Berger having been snapped up by the privateer Ducati outfit.

Having been unable to participate in the post-season WSBK test at Portimao due to poor weather conditions, Berger and Supersonic instead travelled to Cartagena to complete two days of running there.

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His first outing on the Ducati twin - having raced a Honda SSTK machine for the last three seasons -, Berger was pleased with his first outing aboard the 1198.

"I'm really happy to have done these two days of testing at Cartagena. I was eager to ride for the first time the bike, which I will ride in next World Superbike Championship and to know my new team. My impressions are very positive.

"After riding only a few laps to adjust to the Ducati 1198, I realised that it was easier than expected to find a good feeling with the powerful twin.

"I had never tried a bike with traction control before but I got used so quickly. In the second day of testing we have done a huge amount of work and I managed a best time of 1min 34.1secs. It was fine to spend the two days with my engineers and I must say that I found a really skilled and motivated team. I am sure that I will give everyone a great time during the season."

Berger will reprise his rivalry with the man that beat him to the 2010 Superstock 1000 title, Ayrton Badovini, next year.