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Wet weather affects Moto2 and Moto3 Test

Wet weather affects Moto2 and Moto3 Test

Rain at the Valencia circuit meant that only a handful of riders went out on track in the first half of the one-day Test.

Immediately after the final race of the 2011 season at Valencia preparations for the 2012 season continued on Monday, as the Moto2 class and the new Moto3 machines looked to maximise the one-day Test at the Spanish circuit.

Wet weather however meant that there was minimal activity in the opening half of the day, as a large number of riders and their teams opted to avoid taking any risks in difficult conditions.

Riders who did venture out for a few cautious laps included Maverick Viñales as the 125cc rookie of the year got his first feel of a Moto3 machine, whilst Toni Finsterbusch put in a few turns on the MZ Racing Moto3 machine. Jonas Folger went out on the German factory’s Moto2 prototype, and Marc VDS Racing’s Scott Redding also went out briefly on a Kalex frame as the team makes the switch from Suter for 2012.

Other riders present and who will hope to have been able to get out on track by the end of the day include Miguel Oliveira, who is at Valencia to test for the Monlau Competición set-up, Luis Salom (RW Racing) and Kenta Fujii (Technomag-CIP), all of whom are hoping to press on with preparations for Moto3.

In Moto2, Max Neukirchner and Anthony West are expecting to ride this afternoon for MZ Racing although the German outfit is yet to finalise its 2012 line-up, JiR are present with a Motobi frame and riders Johann Zarco and Brazilian youngster Eric Granado, and British rider Gino Rea is hoping to ride the Gresini Team’s Moriwaki machine.

2011 Moto2 World Champion Stefan Bradl was scheduled to test with his Kiefer Racing team, but owing to the weather the team has opted not to go out on track. The German rider is scheduled to ride LCR Honda’s RC212V on Tuesday as a first experience of a MotoGP machine.

Moto2, 2011

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