The final day of pre-season testing for the Moto2 and Moto3 World Championships from Qatar has been brought to an early end due to incredibly poor weather.
Friday saw just one session run due to high winds and rain fall later in the day. Though both Moto2 and Moto3 got two sessions of track time today, running was heavily affected by strong winds. As the evening wore on, continuing winds and heavy rain saw the red flag flown.
In the Moto2 class, Marc VDS Racing’s Franco Morbidelli led the time sheets on the fragmented third day. The Italian posted a best effort of 2m00.971s in the second outing, some nine tenths shy of Honda Team Asia’s Takaaki Nakagami’s best time from yesterday, the Japanese rider topping the combined times for the weekend as a result.
Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Miguel Oliveira posted his best lap in the opening session, the Portuguese rider managing a 2m01.255s. Interwetten Racing’s Tom Luthi completed the top three.
Xavier Simeon, who switches to the Tasca Racing team for 2017, ended the final day a respectable fourth on the combined times ahead of Sky Racing VR46’s Pecco Bagnaia & Petroncas Raceline’s Hafizh Syahrin.
The Italian’s fellow Moto2 rookie Fabio Quartararo has shown well in the limited running seen this weekend, and concluded Sunday seventh quickest on a 2m01.808s, with Tech 3’s Xavi Vierge,RW Racing’s Axel Pons and the second Marc VDS Kalex of Alex Marquez rounded out the top 10.
The strong winds present throughout the day played havoc with the Moto3 riders. The first session saw just 12 riders take to the track, though many more ventured out in the second session, albeit most for just a handful of laps.
RBA Racing’s Juanfran Guevara ended the day top with a 2m07.649s, the Spaniard posting that lap in the third session just moments before the weather took an ugly turn. Team-mate Gabriel Rodrigo was half a second down in third, with SIC Racing’s Ayumu Sasaki sandwiched between them.
Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Bo Bendsneyder headed Marinelli Rivacold’s Romano Fenati, who ends the test top on the combined time sheets by virtue of his 2m06.690s from Saturday’s running.
Livio Loi guided his Leopard Honda to the sixth quickest time of Sunday, with team-mate Joan Mir, Sky Racing VR46’s Nicolo Bulega, and the Platinum Bay Real Estate duo of Marcos Ramirez and Darryn Binder slotting in behind to complete the top 10.
The Moto2 and Moto3 field will return to action in Qatar this Thursday for the opening practice sessions of the 2017 season.