MotoGP’s Mugello test a write-off after rain

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The post-Grand Prix Italian test day at Mugello was more or less wet for MotoGP, neutralizing one of the three group tests available for the grid within the season.

The day started with a quick look at a dry track, but the rain first spoiled the conditions somewhat and then made them completely unrepresentative, making the eight-hour session duration a pointless formality.

KTM rider Brad Bender led the race with a time of 1 minute, 47.617 seconds, 0.033 seconds ahead of Tech3 Gas Team rookie Pedro Acosta and three seconds off the weekend's pole. Only three other riders reached the 1 minute and 47 second lap range.

“Really, this is the highlight of the weekend,” Bender quipped about his ace in the test.

“This morning I did a couple of quick runs in the dry area, and I came in and said to the guys ‘OK, hurry up, quick, let’s go again’ to try what we wanted to test. And then it rained.”

The opportunity to test was particularly valuable to the European MotoGP constructors – who have no other opportunities to test with their full-time riders – while their Japanese counterparts Honda and Yamaha ranked D could at least make up for the loss in the special race. Tests.

Not many riders bothered to run in the rain. As Marco Pizzicchi of the VR46 Ducati Team said: “The wet conditions are very special. They are different on every track.

“If you ride in Mugello and it's raining, it doesn't mean that in Assen, if it rains, you'll go fast anyway. Because wet in Assen is different from wet here.”

The weather disruption will be a particular headache for Trackhouse Aprilia's Raul Fernandez, who – ahead of his second arm pump operation in just over a year on Tuesday – intended to use the test day to familiarize himself with the 2024-spec Aprilia earlier than planned. Switch from his current 2023 spec bike at Silverstone.

There is now only one group test left on the schedule, which is scheduled to take place at the Misano circuit in September after the Grand Prix there.


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