Rain Means Track Is Mostly Silent At Jerez WorldSBK Test

Heavy rain throughout the day meant no action for most of the WorldSBK grid at Jerez for the first test of the year. Nothing was to be learned in the wet, and so the day was spent sitting in garages hoping for better weather. Maverick Viñales, who had been intending to test on a Yamaha R1 production bike, decided to abandon the test altogether.

No such luxury for HRC MotoGP test rider Stefan Bradl, who put in a total of 20 laps on the RC213V, as he worked his way through a list of test items for the 2021 Honda MotoGP machine. Bradl was joined on track by Leonardo Taccini, Orelac World Supersport rider, making his debut on the ZX-6RR.

All hope is now on better weather tomorrow, though the forecast is not positive. Light rain is forecast for most of the day.


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I am curious why Bradl is testing at a WSBK testing event. I am not suggesting anything sneaky is being done by Honda, but really more of "Why just him and not others as well?".

He's technically the test rider so no reason he couldn't. If you mean 'others' as in other MotoGP riders it would have to be an official test, right?

With all of the limits on testing I just find it odd that Honda would be the only ones to send their test rider with new parts. Why would KTM, Ducati, Yamaha and whoever else has a test rider NOT show up and take advantage of track time? I understand it not being an official MotoGp test therefore no appearance of the regular riders, but if test riders are OK, why was Honda the only team willing to send someone?