The weather at Sepang, which had held off for Sunday's MotoGP race, has scuppered Ben Spies plans to test the Suzuki GSV-R 800 MotoGP bike. Spies, who won the AMA Superbike title aboard a GSX-R 1000, had flown to Malaysia for his first outing on the Suzuki, to acquaint himself with the bike, with a view to taking a couple of wildcard rides in 2008 before possibly making the switch to MotoGP in 2009. The weather had different ideas, however.
The rain was a double dose of bad news for Spies, as Sepang was probably his last chance to test the GSV-R this season. Ordinarily, Spies might have had another chance to ride the bike after the traditional MotoGP season finale at Valencia, but that looks very unlikely to happen now, as it will also mark Loris Capirossi's first test on the bike, which is much more important to Rizla Suzuki's 2008 plans than Spies' test.
To cap it all, Spies overcome his deep revulsion of flying to travel all the way from Texas to Malaysia, and for no result. It is unknown when Spies will get his next chance to test Suzuki's MotoGP bike.