Effenbert Liberty Ducati's hopes of escaping the poor weather for their latest World Superbike test at Motorland Aragon were scuppered after cold and windy conditions greeted them instead.
The Czech team emerged top of the first group test at Portimao with rider Jakub Smrz, though with only one dry day of mileage it was hoped a move inland to the Aragon venue in Spain would prove beneficial.
However, similarly difficult conditions prevented the team from getting through their full programme, Smrz revealing a gust of wind actually knocked him off his bike.
"I really like the circuit, it's a pity it was so cold! Today in one of the chicanes a gust of wind hit the front of my bike and I crashed! We've tested a lot of stuff and I'm pleased with the way things went, because we improved and made some good progress. The feeling with the team and the way it works was also really good.”
Team-mate Sylvain Guintoli is also looking forward to getting down under for what is likely to be considerably better weather conditions later this month.
"Aragon is a great track. We didn't have any luck with the weather but we managed to do quite a few laps and get to know the track. We'll be ready for the next time, when we come here to race! I can't wait to get to Phillip Island for some sun!"
Smrz's lapped the Motorland Aragon circuit – new on the calendar for 2011 – with a time of 1min 59.9secs, while Guintoli managed a 2mins 00.7secs.