Jerez WSBK And Ducati MotoGP Test Day 4: Weather Brings Test To An Early End
The last day of testing of 2012 turned out to be a mirror image of the MotoGP season just finished. As it had so many times this year, rain and wind ruined conditions, making the track far too dangerous for slick tires, and too dry to do any proper testing on wets. And just as they had done so often this year, the few riders remaining at the Jerez combined MotoGP and World Superbike test spent the day sitting in the garage, watching the weather, before calling an early halt to proceedings and heading home.
A few riders did briefly venture out, though to little effect. Nicky Hayden had stayed on for an extra day to help the testing program, after Andrea Dovizioso's neck problem meant that the Italian did only three laps over the first two days of the test. Hayden went out for a few laps to compare the two different wet compounds, and Ducati test rider Michele Pirro put in a few laps as well, but both Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone chose to sit out the final day. Dovizioso's neck problems had not subsided sufficiently, and the conditions were not worth the risk, while Iannone did not feel there was anything to learn on the treacherous conditions.
The World Superbike men at the track simply did not bother going out in the conditions. BMW's Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies, and the Ducati men of Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini did not believe it was worth the risk, and did not venture out on to the track.
Testing is now ended for 2012, for both the World Superbike and MotoGP classes. The WSBK men take to the track again in January, to prepare for the first race of the year at Phillip Island at the end of February, while the MotoGP paddock reassembles for the first time at Sepang, on February 5th.