MotoGP: Aragon CRT Test Halted by Wind

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2012 MotoGP CRT Testing

Adverse conditions at MotorLand circuit halted the action on the first of a two day CRT test at the Spanish track, where three of the new teams were present for MotoGP testing.

What was meant to be another productive day of testing in preparation for the first race of the 2012 Championship, the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar on April 8, turned into an unproductive meeting with the five CRT riders present at the Motorland Aragon circuit sitting out due to high winds.

Low ambient and track temperatures and winds reaching up to 60 km/h put a wrench in the plans for three teams present at the circuit. The Power Electronics Aspar, Avintia Racing and Paul Bird Motorsport teams saw their riders spending much of the day in the shelter of their garages.

In the morning, Jorge “Aspar” Martinez used the weak sunshine for a photo session with riders Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaró, who donned their official team wear for the first time and posed next to their bikes painted with this year’s team colors. The most active riders on the track were James Ellison of the Paul Bird Motorsport team and Ivan Silva (Avintia Racing MotoGP), who managed two and three laps, respectively, in the harsh conditions.

The afternoon session produced almost no on track activity, except for one sighting lap made by Ellison. In the constant wind, the riders decided to postpone their testing programs until tomorrow when they will work with revised and compressed schedules.

The Alcaniz track will be open on Friday from 9:30 to 17:30 with the hope that better weather allows a more productive second and final day of practice.