MotoGP: British Grand Prix delayed due to safety concerns

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Today’s British Grand Prix has been delayed due to safety concerns over the amount of standing water on the circuit after a morning of rainfall.

The entire 3.6-mile Silverstone course was resurfaced during the winter and for some reason water doesn’t appear to be draining from the circuit as would be expected.

The race had already been brought forward to 11:30 local time after similar issues in FP4 yesterday caused a multi-bike pile-up at Stowe corner, but organisers had hoped that could be attributed to freak weather conditions.

However, with constant rainfall since 09:30, MotoGP riders were clearly unsettled by the amount of standing water as they headed out for their sighting lap shortly after 11:00

Alvaro Bautista ran on at Vale with a number of other riders appearing to lose control on patches of standing water around the course.

MCN understands race bosses have looked into running the race on Bank Holiday Monday, but reached the conclusion that this is not possible, confirming that if the race cannot go ahead today it will not go ahead at all.

At present, weather forecasts are predicting a break in conditions as the afternoon progresses so if the circuit can be cleared there is hope of a race at around 14:00.

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing