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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TedG

February 15, 2011 11:48 PM

Who want's to go to a race and freeze to death? If they held races near Sydney during pleasant weather months, that is all the excuse I would need to hop on a plane and go. I have been all over the world, but not to Australia the one place I have always wanted to visit.

bjr - Unregistered

February 15, 2011 11:52 PM

I'd bet the "problem" with Phillip Island is that too many world championships are being decided there. They don't give a sh!t about the weather, they just want to shift it to a different part of the calender so the all important deciding races happen in Europe.

Geggog - Unregistered

February 15, 2011 11:55 PM

"moved to a more suitable summer date" you say? You do realise that summer falls into the months of Dec, Jan & Feb in the southern hemisphere ... in-between MotoGP seasons.

Johno - Unregistered

February 16, 2011 1:30 AM

And how many times has it been canceled. I was there 2 years ago and the weather was perfect. Look at other races around the world... Anywhere in the UK it's going to rain 90% of the time, Indianapolis was canceled due to weather. They don't want to cancel those...

Instead of putting in threats perhaps Dorna should work with the track management to work out it's schedule. Unfortunately like most good tracks there are a lot of different forms of racing that are held there and are booked years in advance.

ausrossi - Unregistered

February 16, 2011 2:51 AM

Who are we kidding. PI in October is almost universally bloody miserable, yeah maybe it hasn't rained but several people freeze to death each year. Equally, so people are saying that moving it to say Feb would not result in better weather than that in October, take your hand off it. As the bright sparks have indicated place it at the start of the season and as the longest fly away round, then work backwards to Europe, ie. PI, Sepang, Japan etc etc.

Motojunky..

February 16, 2011 5:16 AM

Everybody is dreaming. Trying to predict what "Mother Nature" will dish out is stupid to say the least. Ive been to PI when it has dished out 4 seasons in 1 day. I think it was 3 years ago when me and several mates were in the car park debating on whether to go in or go back to the Hotel and watch it on TV. We went in, the 125 race was wet. The 250 race was held on a drying track. And guess what? When the Big boys went out, the track was dry, and we all ended up sun burnt.
The way the worlds climate has changed, even Einstein would have trouble predicting the weather. Think it's more about Dorna getting rid of the Aust round, so it can have it somewhere else and make more $$$$$$.

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