First Day Of Moto2 Test At Jerez A Washout

The first day of testing for the Moto2 test at Jerez has not seem much action, with a wet track leaving the riders little to learn at the Andalucian track. Despite the conditions, several riders did venture out on track, including Pol Espargaro, Andrea Iannone, Julian Simon and Scott Redding. The remainder sat and waited for the weather to clear. With so few laps run and so few riders on the track, lap times were fairly irrelevant.

The MotoGP teams at the test - Cardion AB's Karel Abraham and the Ducati MotoGP test team, consisting of team boss Vito Guareschi and Franco Battaini - were out riding, with the Ducati team working on setup data produced by Valentino Rossi at the Valencia test, while Abraham is making use of the extra testing time allowed to MotoGP rookies. Another interesting presence at Jerez is the Suter MotoGP machine, featuring a BMW S1000RR engine in a chassis based on Suter's Moto2 bike. The bike is being ridden by Suter's official test rider Carmelo Morales, with Australian Damian Cudlin helping out. Cudlin, who won the 2010 German IDM Supersport championship, impressed a lot of people with his outing in the Moto2 class at the Sachsenring in July, finishing 7th in the highly competitive class. As a result, the Australian has been roped in to help test the Suter Moto1 machine, though whether lapping a wet track in the rain can be considered a reward or not is open to discussion.

Marc Marquez was also due to make his debut today, but the team decided to wait for a day before allowing the reigning 125cc champion to take the track. Marquez will hope to ride tomorrow, though the weather forecast promises much the same conditions as today.

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At least made it this far! Maybe Dorna can allow them to participate in a couple of races in 2011 if their pace is decent enough to not be lapped too many times or intrude too deeply into the top 15.

I think its funny how Ducati is trotting out the 'setup data produced by Valentino Rossi' line wherever they can. When he is fast it is a great line but how is setup data from a lap time .03 faster than a complete rookie and 1.2 sec slower than their B rider supposed to help? Was the front tire even up to temperature at that pace? If it was not than any setup info is meaningless.


Day two and the Suter MotoGP bike turned a fastest time of 1:45.5 with Damian Cudlin on board. Compared with the fastest Moto2 time of 1:43.8 set by both Simon and Luhti on their Moto2 bikes that is fairly slow. Now compared to Karel Abraham on the Ducati who did a 1:41.6 and we can see where this is going...

I can't see any reason why Dorna or anyone else would let anyone get a step-up on the competition by allowing them to essentially test under race conditions, particularly when the rest of the field will switch to the new rules at the end of next season.