After three days of improving weather, the rain returned to Estoril with a vengeance, falling heavily all Sunday night and throughout the morning on Monday. Conditions at the circuit were simply too difficult to do any testing at all, and so the MotoGP test scheduled for Monday was officially canceled, sending the teams packing up early, a thankless task in the pouring rain.
The loss of the test is a blow to all three factories, as they all had important new parts to test at Estoril. For Honda, the main emphasis is to try to cure the chatter that has plagued the bikes since they first tested their 1000cc bike. Yamaha had a new engine spec to test, along with new electronics and a new chassis. For Ducati, they had a new engine to test, with a significantly changed power delivery, making it smoother and less aggressive. The factories all really need a dry track to test what they have and produce useful data.
Ducati has already scheduled a new test to put their new engine through its paces. That will take place at Mugello, from May 22nd to May 24th, though which riders will take part on what days is yet to be decided.
Below are the official press releases from the factory teams about the test:
Estoril Test Cancelled
Due to heavy rain and adverse weather conditions, the test scheduled for today at the Estoril circuit has been cancelled.
It is not yet confirmed when the test will be held later in the season.
Post-race MotoGP test in Portugal canceled due to bad weather
A strong, steady rain prompted organizers to cancel today’s scheduled post-race MotoGP test in Portugal. The test will be made up at a later date.
The Ducati Team’s next test with Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden, the first of three to be held at Mugello, will take place May 22-24, after the Le Mans Grand Prix.
Estoril Test Cancelled Due to Adverse Weather
Today's scheduled MotoGP test at Estoril has been cancelled due to heavy rain. No re-scheduled date has currently been confirmed.
Yamaha Factory Racing will now move to Le Mans for round four of the World Championship in two weeks time.