Strong winds force cancellation of MotoGP qualifying

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Marc Márquez and Jorge Lorenzo have their second day of practice interrupted due to weather conditions

Strong winds force cancellation of MotoGP qualifying

FP3 took place under a strong wind and timid spots of rain. Marc Márquez achieved the second best time after putting in seven laps, and Jorge Lorenzo did not complete any laps.

After interruptions due to the effects of the wind – with materials from the teams falling on the track and a heavy crash for Miguel Oliveira -, FP4 was ended with Márquez in first position and Jorge Lorenzo in twentieth .

If conditions permit, after the warmup session tomorrow, Q1 and Q2 will decide the starting grid for the seventeenth race of the season.

Jorge Lorenzo en pista, tomando una curva sobre la RC213V


First laps for Márquez and Lorenzo in dry and wet conditions

14 hours ago

Australian GP 2019- QP – Riders statements


In my opinion it was very dangerous, the wind was there and with the speed on this circuit, you feel it a lot. I was riding alone and you could feel the wind, but it looks like when you overtook another rider like with Zarco and Oliveira, you feel it a lot more.

For safety reasons we decided to cancel it. There was no need to risk that much in Qualifying, we were right on the limit of being able to ride and in the end we have another day to do it tomorrow. It will be a busy day with Warm Up, Qualifying and race but it’s not the end of the world.


Today we had very extreme conditions with the wind, already in FP3 I could feel it was a bit dangerous. In FP4 it was worse and after Oliveira’s crash, we as riders came together and agreed that this was the best decision to make – to stop practice. The conditions with the wind was dangerous, especially as the wind was coming in gusts so it was unpredictable. Tomorrow will be a busy day and we have to hope that the morning will be sunny and warm so we can do what we need to do.

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