Bad Weather Cancels Friday Practice
MOTEGI, Japan – Friday’s two MotoGP practice sessions at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan have been canceled because of low visibility caused by fog.
The Friday program was due to begin with Moto3, but a delay had already been announced before the session started. As the morning progressed and the fog persisted and eventually rain continued, it was announced that opening practice would be cancelled for all three classes.
Ultimately no on-track action was possible as there was no let-up in the adverse weather. The biggest problem with the adverse weather conditions is it won’t allow a medical helicopter to safely operate. Without the medical helicopter, no on-track action can be held.
A medical helicopter must be available at the circuit at all times and Friday was spent analyzing the best possible locations for its positioning around the circuit in order to avoid the need to take off or land amidst any further heavy cloud cover at the circuit, which is situated on high ground.
On Saturday heavy rain is expected to fall in the morning but Race Direction hopes that, by the afternoon, the cloud cover should have abated which would allow the medical helicopter to operate. Currently situated five minutes’ flying time from the circuit, should cloud cover remain too much the helicopter, it will be dissembled, transported to the race track by road and then reassembled.