The opening night of the final pre-season test for the Moto2 and Moto3 World Championships in Qatar was called off after just one session of running due to heavy rain.
The day got off to a slow start, with high winds tempting only a few Moto3 riders out of their garages for a handful of laps before retreating to their boxes once again. As the first Moto2 session was due to get underway, the rain began to fall.
Earlier in the month, MotoGP’s Safety Commission deemed the Losail International Circuit safe to ride around with floodlights illuminating a wet track.
Previously it was thought that the glare would make riding too difficult and dangerous, though some of the field still aren’t convinced.
Famously, the opening round of the 2009 MotoGP season was postponed to the Monday following torrential rain just moment before the riders were due to take their place on the grid the day before.
Despite the Safety Commission’s findings, Moto2 and Moto3 tyre supplier Dunlop neglected to bring any wet compounds with them.
As the evening wore on, and the weather failed to improve, the riders were in unanimous agreement to call a halt to the day.
In total, only 42 laps were completed by the 15 lightweight class riders that took to the 5.4km Losail Circuit this evening, with Marinelli Rivacold Honda’s Jules Danillo leading Aspar’s Lorenzo Dalla Porta and SIC58 Squadra Corse’s Tony Arbolino on a 2m18.849s.
Testing resumes tomorrow from 15:00 (GMT+3), with conditions predicted to be much better.