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MotoGP organisers postpone the Japanese Grand Prix following devastating earthquake and tsunami

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March 15, 2011 1:53 PM

Sadly motogp tragedy seems almost synonymous with Japan, I'm sure that everybody extends their very best wishes to the entire Japanese nation whether they're involved in motorsport or not.

The strength of character & depths of creativity of the Japanese people will surely see then thru their darkest hours

One colossal error in's report tho, mercifully there's no real danger of a nuclear meltdown as the reactors have been turned off for a while now, but we can only hope that the contamination by leaking radioactive material is brought under control asap


Sam Turner

March 15, 2011 3:17 PM

According to MCN, it has been confirmed as happening on the 2nd October.

It also says "It was initially anticipated that the race would be moved to take place prior to the Australian and Malaysia races in Phillip Island (Oct 16) and Sepang (Oct 23).
But plans to have a flyaway triple-header weren't possible because the Japanese Formula One race at Suzuka is scheduled to take place on October 9."


March 15, 2011 3:29 PM

Heart goes out to the lost souls and their loved one. Also hoping for resolution to the Nuke crisis.
Japan is crucial to our sport, not just the race but the fact that they manufacture a huge part of the field.
Also would like to say that even though there is a lot of backbiting in this board the true character of the members show with all of the positive comments so far. Im duly impressed.


March 15, 2011 3:40 PM

The Japanese are a tough nation and I don't doubt they will recover its just how long is the worrying thing.....How this will affect the motorcycle industry remains to be seen but I hope they can recover as quick as possible.......
I think this will spur the manufacturers on as the nation will need some morale boosting.....I hope Honda win this years championship even more so now....

Like someone said before, Japan is so important to the world of motorcycling, its hard to imagine a world without them.......

Hope - Unregistered

March 15, 2011 3:40 PM

Cody made a good point on page 1 of the comments - this earthquake crisis could effect the championship this year. The Japanese factories may not be able to give as much support and development as they would in a normal year. If they lose a half second to the Ducatis, that will make things very close indeed.

Main thing though, is that Japan survives this crisis.

Casey for the cup! - Unregistered

March 15, 2011 5:40 PM

Japan has alot more important things to worry about than holding sporting events!
Noone deserves to go through the horrors of what we have been seeing on our tv screens.I wish the Japanese people well and hope they recover from this terrible event quickly.

Stephen - Unregistered

March 15, 2011 11:01 PM

What a tragic natural disaster. My condolences to those that have gone. It was bad enough last year when Shoya had his fatal accident.

I have a lot of respect and admiration towards the great society of Japan. As an American I wish we had a lot of their discipline, traits, and humbleness that they have. I hope for the best outcome.

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