MOTOGP SURRENDERS TO THE WEATHER ON PHILLIP ISLAND
The Oceanic weather imposed its own rules and made the circuit that overlooks the southern fringes of the Australian continent unusable. Gusts of wind up to 60 km/h and occasional heavy downpours first made the FP3 session pointless, where most of the riders did not even leave pit lane, and then caused FP4 to be cancelled altogether. Precisely during the final free practice session, Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira was involved in a dangerous crash caused by the wind. The accident did not result in any serious consequences for the rider, but it made the lack of safety rather clear.
So, the session was cancelled and, after a meeting with all the riders, Race Direction decided to cancel the two qualifying sessions scheduled for today.
At this point, the two sessions that will determine the order on the starting grid will be held tomorrow morning after warm up (moved up 60 minutes). Notwithstanding the need for satisfactory weather conditions.