Thunderstorm curtails testing in Barcelona
Montmeló, Spain – 15 June 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS were forced to cut short their one-day MotoGP test at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya due to adverse weather conditions.
Just two hours into the test, which started in perfect conditions, the arrival of a thunderstorm brought with it torrential rain, forcing Scott Redding and the other MotoGP riders back to the pit box.
The heavy rain continued unabated for more than an hour, before giving way to light showers that ensured the track never had a chance to dry out. Redding completed two runs in the rain, to evaluate the wet weather performance of two different sets of steel front brake discs, before finally calling it a day two hours earlier than planned.
The team will now return to Belgium, before heading north next week for round eight of the MotoGP World Championship at Assen.
Scott Redding: 12th – 1’43.134 – 20 Laps
“Today’s conditions weren’t perfect, with the thunderstorm effectively ending the test at lunchtime, but at least I got some more laps under my belt and even limited testing is better than no testing. This afternoon I also did a couple of runs in the wet to test a few things and it was nice to get the feeling back in the rain, which could come in useful next week at Assen, where you’re never quite sure what the weather will do.”
Chris Pike: Chief Engineer
“We wanted to try a slightly different chassis layout today and we took some tentative steps with that before the rain arrived. What we could do was limited by the weather, but the initial feedback was positive and we’ll continue with it at Assen and see if we can progress further. Once the rain eased up Scott did a couple of runs in the wet to test some different front brake discs, with positive results.”