MotoGP » Pressure increases on Australian GP date change


The Australian Grand Prix could be moved from Phillip Island, or scrapped altogether, if a solution to a proposed date change is not found.

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BoZz

February 15, 2011 12:41 PM
Last Edited 1354 days ago

I drove down to Phillip island from Sydney last year, And i swore i have NEVER felt cold like that! and rain on top of that with mud and slush and cars bogged all over the place in the parking facilities,(all facilities were 3rd class anyway, And ok, rain can happen in any season)
The venue was not only uncomfortable for riders, but as a spectator it was bad enough for me to say: "Why the heck didn't i stay at home and watch it on the telly?" .. What a cold miserable place that is, Never again.
Met a coupla blokes though, that when they went down they stayed in tents , EVERY year!! .. Either I'm soft, or they're fruit cakes! hahaahah! top blokes though... For a buncha fruit cakes!

paul555

February 15, 2011 1:23 PM

It should be moved to March either 1st or 2nd race,, common sense lads,, I was at the Super Bikes last yr at the Island and the weather was lovely and sunny so come on and move it!! Its probably one of the best circuits on the GP calendar

Dooooooood - Unregistered

February 15, 2011 1:42 PM

Dorna will happily drop it so that some middle-eastern/far eastern country with no motorcycling history or passion can snap it up.
As long as they pay the cashola Espaleta doesn't care.

monster

February 15, 2011 1:44 PM

Although the weather at P.I. has always been unpredictable, there has only been 1 GP500/MotoGP race that wasn't dry(the half wet race that Melandri won).

That's a pretty good average since 1988.

Moving the race to the only warm time of the year(December to March) won't guarantee dry warm weather as the WSB guys found out a couple of years ago when race 2 was abandoned due to the track flooding

Australia's coastal weather is so unpredictable it would be pretty much pointless to move the race date buy a month or two

Agent55

February 15, 2011 2:08 PM

PI is among the best tracks (maybe THE best track?) in the series, it should have priority-scheduling... There's nothing worse during the race season than the Philip Island round turning out to be a soaker :(

pp916 - Unregistered

February 15, 2011 2:14 PM

Read between the lines people! He's as much interested in levering PI out of the calander altogether and replacing it with a high income (for Dorna), limited interest venue in Asia or the Arab States...whenever he opens his mouth there's more than one agenda. Remember his template is F1 and Ecclestone, he will slavishly follow that model to the ruination of GP if that's where it leads.
They go to other venues and race at entirely the wrong time of year...eg Indianapolis in hurricane season? Sepang in temps that have riders keeling over with heat exhaustion? Qatar at night when the dew settles on the track? But that's OK?

Kickstand

February 15, 2011 2:44 PM
Last Edited 1354 days ago

How ludicrous is it of Dorna to threaten to pull the Australian MotoGP round from the calendar because a single race was 'ALMOST' canceled due to bad weather! As Monster quite rightly pointed out, not one MotoGP race has ever been canceled or delayed in the history of the event at Phillip Island.

What an interesting precedent this sets. Perhaps Dorna will set it's sights next on the British and Dutch rounds... I hear they get a bit of rain from time to time! Im sure Dorna would be more than happy to move them to Spain alongside the 3 or 4 rounds they already hold there.

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