Track deemed too dangerous to race, and season-opener doesn't start as rain falls in Qatar

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    Track deemed too dangerous to race, and season-opener doesn't start as rain falls in Qatar

    Post by Ross on 12th April 2009, 14:43

    Qatar race cancelled after thunderstorms


    Downpour: Rain halted proceedings and moved season opener to Montegi, Japan in a fortnight

    The MotoGP season opener in Qatar has been called off due to a downpour at the Losail circuit.

    The organisers have announced that re-running the race on Monday is "under consideration", but no decision has yet been made.

    Rain started falling as the riders prepared to leave the grid for the formation lap, and the precipitation then rapidly increased, leaving the circuit awash.

    With the riders adamant that it was unsafe to race on the floodlit circuit in the rain because of the reflection from the artificial lights on the wet surface, there was no choice but to abandon the event for tonight when conditions failed to improve.

    Earlier the 125cc race had been red flagged after just four laps due to a rain shower.

    If the Losail race is not held tomorrow, the 2009 MotoGP season will instead commence with the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi in a fortnight.


    Source: autosport.com


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