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Moto2™ testing hit by rain

Rain returned to Mugello on Monday, slowing the first official post-race test of the year for the Moto2™ class.

Weather affects official Moto2™/Moto3™ test

The majority of Moto2™ World Championship riders remained in Mugello for a one-day test alongside the Moto3™ World Championship. Unfortunately the day was hit by rain which caused the likes of Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) to head home early.

The QMMF Racing Team was set to try a new shock and revised carbon swing arm, but the rain interpreted their plans. QMMF and Speed Up Racing both decided to call in a day before 14:00 Local Time.

Dunlop were eager for riders to lap in the wet in order to assess their new front rain tyre which was harder than the 2015 wet front. Fortunately conditions eventually improved and riders were able to run on slicks. Again Dunlop had tyres to test, bringing the ‘0’ tyre they used in Le Mans and Jerez to further assess the durability.

As conditions improved more teams were able to get through their workloads. Dynavolt Intact GP had a stiffer swing arm to try along with revised front forks. Forward Team were also trying new suspension for their suspension Öhlins.

With both their riders now having more experience, the Leopard Racing team again tested triple clamps first used during the Jerez pre-season test.

Several riders have had difficulties with the rear pushing the front tyre and Kalex brought along new head collars for riders to test. The part is designed to help find a better compromise between stability and turning and improve on the pushing sensation. Another issue Kalex were keen to work on was the adaptability of the bike as teams have often found it difficult to alter the bike as the temperature on track changes.

In the afternoon the wind picked up and many decided to call it a day as little could be learned in the tricky conditions.

Round seven of the World Championship will take place in Barcelona at the Montmelo circuit, action beginning on the third of June.

Moto2™ riders reflect on mixed day of testing