British Grand Prix at Silverstone cancelled due to bad weather conditions

26 Aug 2018

The British Grand Prix, round 12 of the MotoGP World Championship, which was due to be held today, was cancelled due to bad weather conditions at the Silverstone circuit.
 
The race start had been brought forward to 11.30 local time (12.30 CET) to try and avoid the risk of rain, after yesterday the Race Direction had to interrupt the FP4 session due to flooding at certain points of the circuit, which had caused several riders to crash, with serious consequences for Tito Rabat.
 
Unfortunately the weather conditions did not improve during the day and after a number of postponements, at 16.00 local time (17.00 CET) the organizers decided to cancel all of today’s scheduled races after consultation with the MotoGP riders.
 
The next round is the San Marino and Riviera di Rimini Grand Prix, which will be held at the Misano World Circuit ‘Marco Simoncelli’ from 7th to 9th September.
 
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99)
“Yesterday’s weather forecast turned out to be right and it rained all day today. We only managed to do the warm-up in dry conditions and then it didn’t stop raining and the track was in a bad condition. This confirmed that the asphalt wasn’t draining well and as time went by the situation didn’t improve. When it was late, the riders met with the Race Direction and we decided to cancel the race because the track didn’t offer the right conditions to race in safety.”
 
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04)
“It was a real pity not to be able to do the race because we were very competitive, especially in the dry. A weekend that was going well for us turned into an unacceptable situation, and so now it will be necessary to understand exactly what happened. We’ll talk about it in the Safety Commission at the next race, because to resurface a track and then find out it has more bumps than before, together with a problem of drainage, is just not good enough for a championship of this level.”