Ignite Pramac Racing Team’s Ben Spies wanted everyone to know the reports of his retiring from the Sepang test were premature.
A report on an Italian website that was lifted by others suggested Spies might not finish his first three-day test on the Ducati Desmosedici GP13. Not the case, Spies said. His surgically repaired right shoulder was recovering at the expected pace, and sore from a day’s exertions at Sepang. But it was the possibility of tendinitis in his right forearm that had caused alarm. Spies left the track after completing his limited test program on Tuesday with his forearm in a compression stocking. The diagnosis of tendinitis was disputed by his physiotherapist, who put it down to hard braking.