MotoGP: Race moved to 11:30 due to safety concerns

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Race bosses have come to a decision to move the British Grand Prix forward to 11:30am tomorrow morning after ‘dangerous’ conditions struck FP4.

A sudden downpour resulted in a flooded track on the run down to Stowe, resulting in a number of riders aquaplaning and either crashing or running on at the end of the Hangar straight.

Tito Rabat was seriously injured in the commotion, while Alex Rins jumped off his Ecstar Suzuki at around 160kph after being unable to stop. Franco Morbidelli was also involved, with his Honda RC213V hitting Rabat in the gravel trap.

Riders were this evening in unanimous agreement that it would be too dangerous to race if conditions were the same as FP4 and with rain forecast for much of the afternoon, IRTA together with Dorna, the FIM and Silverstone have decided to bring the race forward to 11:30 with the Moto3 and Moto2 races set to run afterwards at 1pm and 2:30pm respectively.

Pic: Tim Keeton

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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