No Eddy..Ben Spies is not a trier.
He gave up last year after a few straight-talking words from Yamaha put him in the picture
He spat the dummy when Jorge told him Rossi was taking his place and used social media to tell the world he was leaving, when in actual fact, he got booted out..then allowed his Mom go on the warpath in the paddock.
He felt sorry for himself instead of gritting his teeth.
He didn't complete the test at Sepang.
He's a homesick Yank, out of his depth at this level, who had it easy in the USA winning all the time, and barely beat a bashed up ageing Haga for the title in WSB.
Spies believed his own hype, but losing and being so far down the field has done his head in..and Mate..he ain't ever coming back from where he is now, on that bike.
How many times did he fall off last year on the sweetest handling bike out there? If he rides it loose and reckless, he'll hurt himself.
I appreciate you are a big Ducati fan and, as a result, don't expect a well constructed, objective view of their recent GP efforts. naturally, you're looking to lay the blame at Rossi's door, which ain't not looking promising so far.
Personally, I reckon they'll be fighting off the ARTs this year and podiums will be in their dreams.
Like you say, we'll see if they can close the gap next test without any development, and how they fare throughout the season..
BUT make no mistake Pal..wosi will be here to remind you of your bold and reckless fanboy claims when the horror becomes apparent, even to a senile old fucko like your good self.