The final day of testing started a washout, with the overnight rain continuing into the morning, and leaving the track soaked. For about half the field, this was the signal to pack up and head to Jerez, where the Moto2 class will continue to test from Saturday, but a sizable group remained. Only a few braved the wet conditions of the morning, Ant West topping the timesheets early, the Australian renowned for wet weather riding, having taken his only 250cc victory in a downpour in 2003.
Once the track dried up in the afternoon, the track saw more action, but few riders bettered their times from Tuesday. Alex de Angelis was one exception to the rule, and the three tenths of a second he took off yesterday's time put him firmly atop the timesheets, exactly half a second quicker than Monday's fastest man Toni Elias, and nearly nine tenths faster than Tech 3's Yuki Takahashi.
The weather was not the only reason so many of the riders were absent. The teams have been told they can only put 1500 km on the spec Honda 600 engine, and people have been running through that allowance pretty quickly, taking advantage of the dry weather on the first two days to work on solving the almost universal chatter problems which plagued the paddock. The current allotment of engines have to last for the next IRTA test at Jerez, before being replaced for the Qatar test and the season opener. With hope of better weather further south, teams are saving on mileage in dubious conditions and will run as much as possible at a hopefully warmer and drier Jerez.
Times from the final day of testing for Moto2 at Valencia:
|1||15||Alex de Angelis||Scot||1'37.687||0.000|
|13||35||Raffaele De Rosa||Tech3||1'40.030||2.343||0.111|