The weather gods really do have it in for the Moto2 class. The teams that had chosen to skip last week's Moto2 test at Barcelona seemed to have made a wise choice after the rain ruined most of those three days of testing. But the Gresini, Scot and JIR teams -featuring MotoGP refugees Toni Elias, Alex de Angelis and Niccolo Canepa, along with former 250 star Mattia Pasini and Russian rookie Vladimir Ivanov - were given the same treatment that the Barcelona teams had received from the elements: At Misano, it rained just about all day.
The miserable weather saw the Moto2 bikes spend most of the time in the garage. De Angelis and Canepa spent time comparing the Rapid Inside NCR Scot bike against a set of stock Honda CBR600s, and De Angelis came away suitably impressed. "It's hard to fully evaluate the bike after so few laps," the Italian rider told GPOne.com, "but the first impressions from today are that the bike is very good, much more responsive, agile, and lighter than the CBR600. It's easier to handle and has a lot more grip."
Toni Elias was much more succinct in his comments. He pronounced himself satisfied, but the weather had made it impossible to judge just where the Moriwaki stands. Elias told GPOne.com that he had lapped the track in around 1'56, which is around 18 seconds off the pace of the 250s on a hot, dry, summer's day. The key, according to Elias, would be riding the bike with the spec engine fitted, at Valencia next week.
All of the teams receive their engines on the 27th of February, and head to Valencia for the next official Moto2 test, from March 1st through the 3rd. Once that test is over - weather permitting - then we should have an idea of what the Moto2 bikes are really capable of, and where they stand relative to each other.