Valencia test hit by poor weather

Aprilia pack up early in Valencia as poor weather plays havoc with World Superbike test session
Poor weather conditions in Spain have played havoc with the latest World Superbike test session, with rain in Valencia with minimal running available for teams on Wednesday.

That should have marked the second day of running for the factory Aprilia team, which had also seen its opening day of the test hit by poor weather on Tuesday.

Leon Camier managed only five laps on the first day of the test to try out the conditions on track, but heavy downpours on Wednesday meant neither Camier or Max Biaggi managed to turn laps – with the team packing up early to leave the venue.

"Unfortunately this time the weather was against us and this could be a problem because we didn't get the confirmation we were looking for,” Biaggi said. “In addition our rivals will also be testing tomorrow, when it's expected to be sunny.

“Now the situation is a bit more complicated, we'll be testing in Australia before the race, but if there are any problems then it will be too late to do anything. I'm still optimistic however because I have every confidence in the work of the Aprilia engineers."

Xerox Ducati, BMW and Althea Ducati were also present on Wednesday although, none of the teams were able to complete any meaningful running in the conditions, with the wet weather and low track temperature making it pointless to venture onto the circuit.

“You can't get too much out of a test like that when it is that cold and wet,” Althea's Shane Byrne said. “This morning I finished only six laps while we did no laps at all in the afternoon. We hope and expect to have good weather tomorrow [Thursday] to continue to work on the bike and to test some different settings.”

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