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Moto2: Marc VDS rues Estoril washout
18 February 2011
Marc VDS Racing riders Scott Redding and Mika Kallio were left to rue poor weather conditions during the latest Moto2 test of the pre-season in Portugal.
The pair headed to Estoril keen to build on the progress made during the opening test of the year in Valencia a week earlier, but with rain affecting all three days on track, the team was unable to complete the programme planned.
As a result, the team will now head to Jerez to complete an additional two days of running on 23/24 February in an attempt to compensate for the lost track time.
“What a disappointment,” Redding said. “After a successful test at Valencia I was looking forward to coming here to Estoril and continuing the work on the bike, but the weather put paid to that. The first day was difficult, but the second day I didn't even bother going out the track was that bad.
“On the third day we had a bit of a break in the weather, but the track didn't really dry out properly between rain showers and it was only in the final hour we got anywhere close to dry conditions. Even then the track was really slippery after all the rain. Hopefully we'll get some better weather in Jerez next week and we'll be able to pick up where we left off in Valencia."
Kallio admitted he needed more time on the bike despite some meaningful running in between showers on day three and said he was hopeful of better weather in the Jerez test.
“At this point I need as much time on the bike as I can get, but the wind and rain meant I only did six laps on the first day and none on the second,” he said. “Today was a bit better, but even when it stopped raining there were still damp patches on the track. In between the rain showers I squeezed in 20 laps and was able to evaluate two different suspension settings on the front of the bike.
“This has given us a good indication of which direction we need to go in, so it wasn't a completely wasted test. The bike felt good and the gap to the fastest riders is coming down, but I still need more dry track time before the start of the season. Hopefully we'll have better weather in Jerez next week."
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