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Silverstone MotoGP race moved to 11:30 start

MotoGP bosses have made the call to move tomorrows MotoGP race forward to 11:30am in a bid to avoid the worst of the rain at Silverstone.

With the worst of the rain scheduled to arrive around lunchtime, the decision was made to make the MotoGP race the first of the day to try and get it completed before the heavens open.

MotoGP Race Director Mike Webb said that the decision to move the MotoGP bikes to the first race of the day due to the fact they’re harder to ride with standing water on the track due to the power they possess and their wider Michelin tyres.


The second qualifying session was delayed this afternoon after waiting for the air ambulance to return after dropping Tito Rabat off at a local hospital in Coventry. Rabat was injured after coming off his Ducati at Stowe late in FP4. Unscathed after the initial crash, Rabat was subsequently taken out by the bike after Franco Morbidelli also aquaplaned and crashed at Stowe.

Silverstone boss Stuart Pringle said: “This is a decision that was not taken lightly but the risk to the chances of not running a MotoGP™ race at all if we had stuck to the original schedule was too great.

“This was a difficult decision to make but, ultimately, there is nothing more important to all of us than rider safety. We hope MotoGP™ race fans who attended this weekend’s event, understand the difficult decision forced upon race organisers Dorna and Silverstone.”

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