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.
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.