Heavy rain in southern Spain prevented any meaningful track activity scheduled for the first day of testing at Jerez de la Frontera from taking place, frustrating new Aprilia MotoGP recruit Shane Byrne, who was due to get his first taste of the RS Cube.

Although on-track visibility was seriously reduced, works test rider Marcellino Lucchi completed ten laps aboard the RS Cube in wet conditions, but Byrne - the new British Superbike champion - had his maiden outing postponed until today [Tuesday].

The weather, however, could continue to frustrate the Briton, as the forecast is still poor, but Byrne expects to have got a few laps under his belt before a predicted upturn in conditions from Wednesday onwards.

The MotoGP team was joined at Jerez by new 250cc champion Manuel Poggiali and team owner Rossano Brazzi, as well as other Aprilia riders such as Randy de Puniet, Roberto Locatelli and Youichi Ui, who was present with his 250cc 'kit-bike'.

All were due to take to the track, but found their testing programmes set back by 24 hours.



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