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Rain at Qatar stops 125 race.

The first race of the 2009 125cc grand prix season has been red-flagged after just four full laps due to torrential rain at the Losail circuit, in Qatar.

Racing at Qatar does not take place in the wet due to visibility problems caused by glare from the floodlights.

Pole sitter Julian Simon had just taken the lead from Iannone at the time of the weather change. Simon then fell due to the rain, but was able to get his bike back to the pits and be credited with second position.

After some safety car laps, with Valentino Rossi among the passengers, it was decided to abandon the race and award half points.

The result was thus taken from the end of the last complete lap before the race was stopped, when the order was: Iannone (Aprilia), Simon (Aprilia), Cortese (Derbi), Espargaro (Derbi), Smith (Aprilia), Folger (Aprilia), Terol (Aprilia), Bradl (Aprilia), Webb (Aprilia), Rabat (Aprilia).

Factory KTM star Marc Marquez had earlier escaped serious injury in a spectacular highside, after running wide onto the artificial grass on the exit of a fast right-hander, while battling for third.

It now remains to be seen if the rain will stop, and track dry sufficiently, to allow the 250 and MotoGP events to go ahead as planned.

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April 12, 2009 8:32 PM
Last Edited 2874 days ago

I still cant believe that they are getting rid of the 250cc class and replacing it with what they call Moto GP 2 which are 600cc bikes with only one engine supplier believed to be Kawasaki !! They couldn't develope a decent Moto GP bike so why the hell should they supply the only engine in this class??.Dorna again.Muppets.


April 12, 2009 7:47 PM
Last Edited 2874 days ago

I'm not a fan of this night race rubbish and this only goes to prove why it shouldn't happen.Even if the rain stops but the track is wet they can't race because the spot lights make it look like racing on a mirror.It's pathetic.Go back to racing on the Saturday afternoon in Qatar or dont bother holding the race there.The 250cc race is only going to be 13 laps now and if it rains during that race the Moto GP race will be about 2 laps !! And why the hell are the BBC showing 40 hrs of Golf on live TV and showing the race on interactive TV ?? That should be the other way around surely?? The BBC won the rights to Moto GP and straight away rip off the fans.Totall b*llsh1t.Dorna are *****rs :?

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