2011 Moto2 And 125 Estoril Test Day 3 Round Up - Nothing Going On But The Rain

As promised, the weather on the final day of testing for the Moto2 and 125 classes at Estoril was better. Unfortunately, and also as promised, "better" was still a very long way from anything resembling suitable for serious testing of racing motorcycles. The track never really dried out, despite the sun showing its face every now and again, and strong winds blowing across the circuit, but despite the weather, a larger group braved the conditions to put in a few laps on Thursday, if only to avoid the trip to Estoril having been a complete waste.

Times, once again, were hardly meaningful: Simone Corsi, Thomas Luthi and Claudio Corti took the honors, at least unofficially, just ahead of Alex de Angelis, Jules Cluzel and Michele Pirro. Corsi, Luthi and Corti's time was a 1'42.4, three seconds better than the record from the race last year, but given that the Portuguese Grand Prix was also severely hit by rain last October, that means little. The time of Corsi et al is still nearly two seconds off the 250cc lap record, which is about a second above the differential the Moto2 bikes were showing at most tracks last year.

A total of 22 riders posted a time on the last day at Estoril, including a number of riders who had elected to sit out the first couple of days. Marc Marquez had not turned a wheel on Tuesday and Wednesday, finally deciding to put in some laps on Thursday, celebrating his 18th birthday out on the track. The man who had been fastest at Valencia was only 12th fastest at Estoril, though, eight tenths off Corsi and matching the pace of fellow youngster Scott Redding. Others such as Andrea Iannone, who had ridden on the first two days of the test, Full times can be found here.

In the 125cc class, the situation was broadly similar to the Moto2 class, the riders spending more time in the pits than actually out on track, posting silly pictures of themselves on Twitter. At the end of the day, though, local hero Miguel Oliveira posted the fastest time, repeating his strong showing at Valencia, and finishing ahead of Simone Grotskyj, Sandro Cortese, Alberto Moncayo and Jonas Folger. Hector Faubel and Nico Terol rode early in the morning, but gave up in the afternoon, deciding that sightseeing in Lisbon was a better use of their time.

The Moto2 and 125 riders now pack up once again and head down to Jerez, for the final test before heading out to the first round of the 2011 season at Qatar. At Jerez, we should get the first real look at the state of play in Moto2, as the teams and riders will be out with both the official Geo Technology-prepared Honda CBR600RR engines, as well as the official Dunlop Moto2 tires. And after Jerez, it's just two more weeks until the first race of the year.

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