Heavy rain yesterday evening wreaked ruin at the Grand Prix of Qatar – the MotoGP season’s opening week – driving the worldwide bicycle family to cancel the day’s procedures at the Losail International Circuit (LIC).
Yesterday’s overwhelming deluge – that conveyed life to a stop crosswise over Qatar around early afternoon – made everybody play the cat-and-mouse amusement at LIC where Dorna and race authorities chose to spike the occasions interestingly since 2009.
The previous evening’s choice – reported around 8:00pm – tossed the end of the week plan into confuse with Friday’s free practice times being utilized for now’s matrix positions.
The choice to spike yesterday’s program saw Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) securing his first shaft for Yamaha. Group Suzuki Ecstar’s Andrea Iannone and ruling World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) will join Vinales on the front column.
With FIM President Vito Ippolito doing rounds of the office alongside Safety Commission riders Loris Capirossi and Marco Melandri in a Safety Car, standing water was seen around various different twists on the LIC track where the season’s first GP is held under lights.
The water puddles were briskly and proficiently cleared by the circuit staff – utilizing blow dryers introduced at the back of quad bicycles – through the night for about two or three hours. “When it rains here, there is additionally a solid wind and a considerable measure of sand on the track,” nine-time best on the planet Valentino Rossi, a four-time victor at the forsake track, said.
Qatar’s two-time Dakar Rally champion Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah – looking loose while strolling around the pits – was among the fans overcoming crying winds and on occasion spitting precipitation at LIC. Riders and group authorities were seen assessing the setting for over two hours as the normal news streamed out around 6:00pm that the main MotoGP free practice session was wiped out.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pol Espargaro yesterday stated: “We are so unfortunate. I have addressed many individuals here. Some say it is typical to see such rains. Some said it is the first occasion when it has rained here in March. The track is wet. I know coordinators and Dorna are investigating it. How about we see what happens. We need to simply hold up.”
Espargaro included: “This is the weakest track we confronted. I mean this is a piece of this amusement. We landed from Sepang feeling quicker. In any case, we couldn’t be that quick. We have confronted some gadgets issues. This is not the best track for us but rather we should sit back and watch.”
“It is tiny bit troublesome. At last we need to ride. Perhaps we could skirt the day. We will sit tight for Dorna’s choice,” Espargaro said. Bo Bendsneyder, the Dutch Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Champion in 2015, likewise sounded disillusioned with the rain storm at LIC. “Yes, we need to keep a watch out however we would love to ride,” Bendsneyder said yet added he was anxious to begin the 2017 season.
“Definitely I am feeling great on the KTM bicycle. It suits my riding style. We did well in the test. We have a decent base for the season,” Bendsneyder said. “We will attempt to win. At last, we need to perceive what occurs after the principal race. I seek we can battle after a ton of platform,” he said.
English rider Danny Kent, with lightning decorating the Doha sky out of sight, stated: “I trust the climate decides and we get some activity finally. A few corners are wet and some dry. There is so much water spilling onto the track.”
Spain’s Alvaro Bautista, a previous 125 best on the planet, stated: “Yes we need to check whether we can race, in the test I had a nice sentiment. Two weeks back I would have said I will battle for the platform. Be that as it may, the track condition has changed. Presently our level is lower than how we were in the (pre-season) testing. I will attempt my greatest. That is our objective for the season – to be in the main five all season.”
Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso stated: “There are many wet patches. I don’t think there could be activity. We can attempt on the wet (circuit) yet it doesn’t resemble that.”