The Castrol Honda World Superbike Team managed just a handful of laps during a two-day test at Motorland Aragon.
The test was primarily arranged to give riders Jonathan Rea and Ruben Xaus an opportunity to ride the new Spanish circuit, since they missed the WSBK test at the 5.078km circuit last October.
But although Rea and Xaus were at least able to learn the track layout, bad weather limited any meaningful test time.
Rain on the morning of day one precluded any testing until the afternoon - and things were even worse on day two, when freezing conditions kept the Ten Kate CBR1000RRs in the pit garage all day.
As a result, the team packed up early to begin the journey to Portimao for the official three-day test, which starts on Wednesday.
“It's been a frustrating couple of days really because after the rain yesterday morning it's been sunny, but it's been really, really cold,” said Rea. “At least I got some laps in yesterday afternoon - maybe 30 or 40 - so I know which way the track goes and I was able to give some good feedback on gearing to my crew.
“It wasn't a complete waste of time - it's a really nice circuit and I enjoyed riding it but we were understandably a little way off where our rivals were when they had three days testing here last October. But when we come back in June, at least we won't be starting completely blind.”
New Ten Kate rider Xaus revealed the Aragon weather was even colder than the UK.
“It was freezing! Much colder than when the team was launched in the UK!” he said. “[On day two], it was maximum 3° in the sun and always below zero in the shadows. And there are many shadows here, because the circuit has many hills. In fact, it was difficult to ride yesterday afternoon when the sun was very low because of all the shadows. The circuit is blind everywhere, but still very interesting. And the bikes looked amazing on track for the first time.”
Team manager Ronald ten Kate shrugged off the disappointment.
“Of course, we were hoping for more laps, but we were happy to test at this new track for the championship and I'm sure that after the laps they did yesterday, the riders now know which way it goes,” said the Dutchman. “We got a little bit of information on the set-up we'll be looking for but we could certainly have used more. But it is what it is and we'll go to Portugal next week to test the bikes and new parts properly.”