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Day one at Montmeló ends with improved weather

Day one at Montmeló ends with improved weather

The sun emerged over the Circuit de Catalunya late in the day to allow the majority of the Moto2 and 125cc riders some track time on Wednesday.

After wet conditions resulted in a slow start to the first half of Wednesday, the majority of the riders present at the Circuit de Catalunya for the first of a scheduled three-day test were able to enjoy some track time towards the end of the afternoon session.

Italtrans STR duo Roberto Rolfo and Robertino Pietri were the only two riders from the intermediate class to have completed any laps by the time 1pm came around, but a series of others were out of their pit boxes by the time the day ended just after 5pm.

It was Rolfo who recorded the fastest lap with a 1’51.3, but on a day when times were not the focus the remainder of those who rode their 2010 prototypes will have been pleased to have gotten at least some riding in as they continue to acclimatise to the feel of the bikes. With the official 600cc Honda engines to be tested at the official test at Valencia (March 1-3), times will become of greater interest then.

Rolfo took in 35 laps and his team-mate Pietri completed only four after a problem with his engine earlier in the day whilst Alex Debón of Team Aeroport de Castelló managed 12 laps on his FTR frame. Technomag-CIP pair Dominique Aegerter (best lap of 1’53.4) and Shoya Tomizawa (1’52.7) enjoyed the highest number of laps, recording 38 and 36 respectively as they both rode their Suter bikes for the second time, focusing on the clutch and riding positions of their machines.

British teenager Scott Redding, also riding a Suter chassis, had his first experience aboard the bike he will race in 2010. The Marc VDS Racing rider waited until late in the afternoon for dryer conditions and rode seven laps on slick tyres, consistently lapping around the 1’57” mark before running out of time, and was pleased with his efforts. Vincent Lonbois, also riding the Marc VDS Suter chassis, went out earlier and made 34 turns with a best time of 1’54.4.

Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Moriwaki Racing) managed one more lap with eight, and Blusens-STX duo Mashel Al Naimi (1’56.2) and Yonny Hernández (2’00.8) took in 20 and 13 turns respectively.

Yannick Guerra of the G22 HolidayGym team was one of those who managed double figures with 20 laps as team-mate Fonsi Nieto took in five, whilst Jack&Jones by A. Banderas team-mates Kenny Noyes and Joan Olivé made five laps between them late in the day. Pons Kalex duo Axel Pons and Sergio Gadea lapped at 1’56.3 and 1’56.2 respectively.

Those riders who remained in their boxes and did not go out on track on Wednesday included Tech3 pair Raffaele de Rosa and Yuki Takahashi and Mapfre Aspar’s Mike di Meglio and Julián Simón. Those who had planned to use only Thursday and Friday comprise Stefan Bradl (Viessman Kiefer Racing), Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) and Alex Baldolini (Caretta Technology Race Dept).

Of the 125cc riders present, Derbi Bainet pairing Efrén Vázquez (2’01.9 and 28 laps) and Pol Espargaró (2’03.5 and 18 laps) were joined on track by Marc Márquez (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport), who recorded a best lap of 2’05.1 in 10 laps.

Moto2, 2010

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