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Sport Moto GP Raceweek: Gusting winds force qualifying postponement at Phillip Island

13:55  26 october  2019
13:55  26 october  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

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Moto GP . Phillip Island (Australia), 17th October 2015. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP ’s Jorge Lorenzo qualified third on the grid at a sunny yet slightly chilly Phillip Island circuit for tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix, while teammate Valentino Rossi will start the race from seventh position.

Aussie MotoGP qualifying cancelled after strong winds . Strong winds have caused anarchy at the Aussie MotoGP on Phillip Island as stars pulled off “crazy acrobatics” to stay on their bikes. Earlier, Dominique Aegerter created the headline moment of the day during the Moto 2 Series practice when

a person riding a motorcycle down the road: Miguel Oliveira at Phillip Island © Getty Images Miguel Oliveira at Phillip Island

Qualifying for the premier-class race at the Australian Moto GP was postponed until Sunday after weather conditions were deemed too unsafe to ride in.

Strong winds and rain buffeted Phillip Island on Saturday and FP4 was brought to a premature end after Red Bull KTM's Miguel Oliveira was blown off the track heading into Turn 1.

Oliveira thankfully walked away from his heavy crash and suffered no broken bones.

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Conditions were deemed unsafe at a subsequent safety commission meeting involving the riders, with qualifying now set to take place prior to the race on Sunday.

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MotoGP Australian Grand Prix cancelled due to dangerous weather conditions. Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter lost control of bike which almost Ferocious winds have caused spectacular near-misses and acrobatic efforts from riders as they battled to stay on their bikes at the Phillip Island Moto GP .

Seven-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi is delighted to have the chance to make his 400th grand prix start at Phillip Island . Rossi is set to become the first rider in history to reach the milestone at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix and the Monster Energy Yamaha star was in a reflective mood.

Race direction representative Loris Capirossi said: "In the meeting we [wanted] to understand the opinion of the rider. And almost all agreed the conditions are not safe enough because the wind is really strong, especially because the wind is not constant - at some points it's really strong, at some points it's less and it's really difficult to control the bike.

"We hope the conditions are better for tomorrow [Sunday]."

The Australian GP is set to start at midday local time on Sunday. Grid positions will be determined by combined free practice times should qualifying be completely cancelled.

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Moto 2™ Q2 at the Australian GP : the battle for pole 26/10/2019. Watch as 14 riders, plus the 4 fastest from Q1, fight for a spot on the front row, by putting in the fastest lap. - He wins the race , Lüthi is no better than P5 and Augusto Fernandez (FlexBox HP 40) is no better than P3.

MotoGP Qualifying Results from the Australian GP at Phillip Island , Australia. Official: Zarco Finishing MotoGP Season with LCR Honda. 10/16/2019. Takaaki Nakagami Finally Confirmed at LCR Honda for 2020.

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Maverick Vinales had recorded the fastest time in the third free practice session to top the provisional standings.

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