The private test for a number of Moto2 teams at Jerez turned into a washout for the first two days, with only KTM's MotoGP bike circulating in the hands of test riders Alex Hofmann and Mika Kallio. Fortunately for the teams, the track dried on Saturday, allowing the teams present to go out. Not everyone who rode was fitted with a transponder, meaning some names are missing from the timesheets, most notably Alex Marquez.
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The rain once again wreaked havoc on the final day of testing at Phillip Island, interrupting the session and leaving riders stuck in their garages for nearly half the day. The day started dry, and the field went straight to work, everyone putting in between twenty and thirty laps with times tumbling. Rain started falling after a couple of hours, effectively closing the track for three and a half hours until the sun and wind dried the surface out enough for riders to venture out once again.
After rain early in the day caused fears of yet another washout at Phillip Island on Thursday, the weather gods changed their minds and smiled on the second day of the MotoGP test. Sun and warmer temperatures in the second half of the day meant that everyone could get out in the dry, and get some serious work done.
The weather was the main protagonist on the first day of the Phillip Island test on Wednesday, the rain dominating proceedings, limiting track time and frustrating the work of development. The track opened with rain still falling, no one venturing out for the first hour, and only a slow trickle of riders emerging in the second hour. Some riders chose to put in some wet time to work on the common software, and gauge how it reacts in the wet, while also taking the measure of Michelin's wet tires.
The final day of testing for the Moto2 and Moto3 teams at Valencia took place under significantly better weather conditions than the first day did, with no time lost to rain.
Testing season is picking up now, with the Moto2 and Moto3 teams also taking to the track in greater numbers. Today, a large group of teams gathered at the Valencia circuit to prepare for the 2016 season, including some twenty Moto3 riders and eight Moto2 riders. The weather was far from ideal, with rain calling an early halt to proceedings, but the teams and riders still got in an average of forty laps apiece.
The sun came out at around 4pm at Sepang, and quickly dried off the rain which had fallen throughout the early afternoon. The track dried, and most of the field took to the track again, everyone chasing a fast lap.
Light rain has started falling at Sepang, bringing proceedings to a halt. The insistent light rain with just a few hours of the test left makes it likely that the teams will soon pack up and leave, and start their preparations for the next test at Phillip Island in two weeks time.
Track action started late on the final day of testing at Sepang, after rain overnight and through the morning left the track wet. The track was empty until shortly after 11am, when Yamaha sent test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga out to test conditions. One by one more riders joined in, until the track was filled, the teams trying to get as much testing in as possible before the rain expected for this afternoon starts to fall.
Danilo Petrucci kept his place at the top of the timesheets on Tuesday, the Pramac Ducati rider having set a fast time in the morning. Only a few riders improved in the afternoon, when the riders were forced to use the harder tire after Loris Baz' blowout on the main straight. Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest man on a hard tire, while Cal Crutchlow also made a big step forward with hard rubber.
Times at the end of Tuesday:
Ducatis are topping the timesheets halfway through the second day of the Sepang MotoGP test. Danilo Petrucci set a quick time early, taking over top spot from Jorge Lorenzo, who looked like dominating the second day as he had the first. In the late morning, Hector Barbera joined Petrucci at the front, putting the GP14.2 behind the Pramac GP15.
Final times at the end of testing on Monday:
Testing continues at Sepang, though the teams have now all stopped for lunch, and to sit out the intense heat of the middle of the day. There are a few changes at the top of the standings, the most significant being the influx of Ducatis into the top of the timesheets. Jorge Lorenzo leads, though, with an impressive time nearly a second faster than the rest of the field. In second place, Danilo Petrucci has put on an imposing showing on the Pramac Ducati, leading the factory bike of Andrea Iannone.
The 2016 MotoGP season is now well underway, with bikes on track for the last two hours, under clear skies and hot temperatures. Despite the major changes in technical regulations, the top four remain exactly the same. Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo leads, the Movistar Yamaha rider the only man to get into the 2'01s. Dani Pedrosa leads the Repsol Honda pairing, three tenths behind Lorenzo and three tenths ahead of Marc Marquez, while Valentino Rossi rounds out the top four, 0.840 behind his Yamaha teammate.
Testing has finished at last at Jerez, with the onset of the winter test ban for both MotoGP and World Superbike teams. The final day of testing for the World Superbike squads ended as it had been all week, with the Kawasaki pair on top of the timesheets, and both men breathtakingly fast once the teams broke out the qualifying tires. It was Tom Sykes who walked away as fastest, the Yorkshireman obliterating the official Superpole record by just shy of a whole second. Sykes' fast lap left Jonathan Rea in second, though he was also no slouch.