Ben Spies has not had a lot of luck when it comes to testing the Suzuki GSV-R MotoGP bike. Twice he has had tests of the bike scheduled, and twice those tests have been rained out, in Japan and in Sepang. After the washout at Sepang, it looked like that would be the AMA Superbike Champion's last chance of testing the bike this year, as the Rizla Suzuki team felt they would be too busy in Valencia helping new signing Loris Capirossi's find a base setting on his first time on the bike, and putting Chris Vermeulen to work on the 2008 GSV-R, making handling a test for Spies too difficult.
But it looks like it could be third time lucky for the Texan, as Cycle News is reporting that Ben Spies will be given a chance to test the Suzuki at Valencia after all. Spies is slated to test on Monday, with the possibility of running on Tuesday and Wednesday as well, if Monday goes well, and the team can manage the workload with Capirossi and Vermeulen easily enough.
That only leaves the weather capable of getting in the way, a very real factor, as Spain's Southeastern coast has been lashed by intense rainfall and severe flooding over the past few weeks. So far, though, the outlook for Monday is dry, but cloudy. Spies will surely be praying to all and any weather gods he may know of that it stays that way.
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