Final day of Jerez MotoGP test hit by poor weather

Ducati tester Michele Pirro concluded a low-key final MotoGP test day at Jerez on top of the timesheets, as bad weather at the Spanish track rendered Friday's running largely meaningless.

Only four MotoGP riders - all testers - set times, with Pirro leading the way with a best time of 1m51.651s, some 1.975s up on Suzuki's Takuya Tsuda, who has stood in for the injured Alex Rins this week.

Mika Kallio (KTM) and Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) completed the times, both over two seconds adrift of Pirro, with the satellite Ducati teams as well as Aprilia having all completed their test programmes on Thursday.

Three World Superbike riders also set times, with Ducati's Chaz Davies the fastest among them - 2.795s slower than Pirro. Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea, who went fastest overall on Thursday, did not take part.

The end of the Jerez test marks the end of 2016's MotoGP running, with the winter test ban set to come into effect on 1 December. The next official pre-season test begins on 30 January at Sepang, where Yamaha has spent two days testing with Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales this week.

There has been no official comment from the Japanese manufacturer on the test, although Vinales declared himself "very happy" with how things went on social media on Thursday.

Testing times (Friday - combined MotoGP and WSBK)

1 1:51.651 --
2 1:53.626 1.975
3 1:53.814 2.163
4 1:54.326 2.675
5 1:54.446 2.795
6 1:54.567 2.916
7 1:56.363 4.712
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Series MotoGP , World Superbike
Drivers Michele Pirro
Article type Testing report