Moto2: Austrian test hit by thunderstorms

Published: 15 August 2016

A one-day test for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes has been largely washed out at Austria’s Red Bull Ring, with thunderous downpours leaving much of the afternoon soaking wet for the junior classes.

A number of Moto2 teams were present for the test, including Marc VDS, Federal Oil Gresini, Forward Racing, Tech 3 Racing, Dynavolt Intact GP and CarXpert Interwetten. Sam Lowes, stiff and sore after yesterday’s two high speed tumbles in the race, was among those on track testing new Ohlins suspension, while the Tech 3 squad used a Kalex machine for side-by-side comparisons to their own Mistral 610.

In Moto3, Team Sky KTM, Estrella Galicia, Red Bull KTM Ajo, and Aspar Mahindra were among those running – albeit with Valentino Rossi’s Sky team without Romano Fenati following the team’s suspension of the Italian ahead of yesterday’s race.

However, the squad’s remaining two riders, Nicolo Bulega and Andrea Migno, were able to make the most of the opportunity to work on their wet weather pace after some difficult races in the Dutch and German GPs.

 The teams will now travel directly from the Austrian track two hours up the road for this weekend’s Czech Grand Prix at Brno.