First Day Of Valencia Moto2 & Moto3 Test A Washout

The first day of the three-day test for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes at Valencia was a washout. Cold and wet weather meant there was next to no action on track. Only four riders put in any laps at all, the rest preferring to stay in their garages, or wander through the paddock.

In the Moto2 class, only Dominique Aegerter took to the track, racking up 26 laps on a soaking track. Aegerter, riding for the Kiefer team, celebrated saving his ride through a crowdfunding initiative with a best lap of 1'51.344, some 16 seconds slower than the Valencia Moto2 lap record. But Aegerter's main objective of the day was to shake down the new KTM Moto2 machine, and set it up ready for better weather.

The Moto3 sessions were busier, but only barely. Three riders bothered lapping on a wet track, with Gresini's Fabio Di Giannantonio putting in the most time on track. Di Giannantonio put in 31 laps, and was the only rider to go out for the final session of Moto3. He was joined by Philipp Oettl and Tatsuki Suzuki in the second session, though once again, times were 10 seconds or more off of normal pace.

Fortunately for those who did not ride (and those who did), the weather is set to improve, though conditions will remain cold. Rain should stop falling tonight, with the next two days expected to be sunny and dry, though temperatures will not reach double digits Centigrade.

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2018
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