Valentino Rossi and Loris Capirossi both have controversial views on night racing

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    Valentino Rossi and Loris Capirossi both have controversial views on night racing

    Post by Ross on 13th April 2009, 07:13

    Riders oppose Monday race




    After rain delayed the start and subsequently cancelled Sunday's MotoGP Grand Prix of Qatar, officials decided that since teams, fans and the media had travelled to the middle-east to see a race, a race is what they will get.

    When the decision to stage the race on Monday night was announced, there was a mixed reaction from riders, some even suggesting that this was a sign to cancel night racing overall. Here are the reactions from Loris Capirossi and world-champ Valentino Rossi.

    Loris Capirossi

    Loris Capirossi reckons moving this year's Qatar motorcycling grand prix to September, in place of the cancelled Hungarian Grand Prix, would be better than staging it tonight.

    Sunday night's race at Losail was delayed because of a downpour just as the riders were about to start the formation lap, and got cancelled half an hour later, when the rain intensified.

    MotoGP team managers met to discuss when the race could take place and whether it would be feasible to delay it until Monday.

    But Capirossi, the most experienced rider in the field, said he would prefer to have it in September, in the slot that had been earmarked for the now-cancelled Balatonring race.

    "He said to me they're thinking to move the race tomorrow," Capirossi told MotoGP.com after talking with Team Suzuki's manager Paul Denning, "but I don't know whether that's right or not. The situation may be the same again. We just have to wait to see what's the decision.

    "For me it's easier to come back here in September: we cancelled Hungary, we can come back here. It's a clever idea, you know? The whole month of September is off, we can come back for the race and replace that one."

    The Hungarian event had been due to take place on 20 September but was called off last month due to delays in building the new Balaton track.

    Valentino Rossi

    Valentino Rossi believes MotoGP should stick to daylight races after rain in Qatar forced the season-opener to be cancelled.

    A massive downpour hit the Losail track just before the scheduled start and the night conditions meant that visibility would have been minimal as the light from the floodlights around the track reflected off the surface water and spray.

    Rain had earlier caused the abandonment of the 125cc race after four laps. The riders in the junior category reported that even in light rain it had been impossible to see anything.

    Rossi said tonight's situation should be a lesson to other race organisers considering running events at night.

    "First of all, since they want to race at night at Sepang too, this maybe will make them throw away that unhealthy idea," the world champion told Italia1 television.

    "In my opinion we must race during the day. If we raced at two in the afternoon it would have been better."

    Although rain is statistically extremely rare in Doha, both last month's test and this weekend's races have been hit by poor weather.

    "Rain here is very strange," said Rossi. "However, when you want to race at night there is this risk.

    "It's a shame because after six months with no racing, and after all the winter's work, the testing, trying to sort out everything, we are really left in a strange situation."

    Discussions are continuing over whether the race can be held on Monday instead, with an early evening timeslot under consideration. Rossi hopes that a solution can be found.

    "If this race is cancelled and with Hungary cancelled there will be only 16 races left," he said. "We want to race, but what can you do?"


    Source: Both articles from autosport.com, introduction from turntwo.co.uk


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