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Qatar MotoGP called off.

The season-opening Qatar MotoGP night race has been cancelled due to rain, but may now be run on Monday!

A storm earlier in the evening halted the 125cc race after just four full laps, while the following 250cc race was reduced to 13 laps after a delayed start. Heavy rain then returned just before the 11pm start of the MotoGP race and has continued ever since.

Racing at Qatar does not take place in the rain due to glare from the floodlights.

It is not known if the possible Monday re-run, which would cause logistical chaos but is 'under consideration', will take place in the day or night.

Another option is to return in September when the Hungarian Grand Prix was due to be held.

A further meeting to decide what will happen is to be held at midnight.

More to follow...


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Mark - Unregistered

April 12, 2009 9:58 PM

Qatar should either run a day race (2005 wasn't a bad one) or lose the GP, it would be better attended in the Falkland Islands anyway. Running a night race where rain definitely stops play is a risk to far. Cost cutting exercises for the season wiped out in one swoop. Dorna needs a slap, the BBC prefering bloody golf deserve a slap, and I need a slap for waiting for this race for 6 months only to be let down by the clowns who run this sport.

PhilW - Unregistered

April 12, 2009 9:45 PM

Ridiculous, utterly ridiculous. Surely this will be the end of this Qatar nonsense now. It has never been anything other than a poorly attended event to satisfy the ego of a bunch of unworthy playboys. Why not do the obvious and logical thing and start the season in late summer southern hemisphere, like Phillip Island or South Africa?



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