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MotoGP 2018 - Silverstone
« on: August 25, 2018, 03:56:59 PM »
Front row qually positions from a wet Silverstone circuit here in the UK are.....


1/. Lorenzo/Ducati

2/. Dovizioso/Ducati

3/. Zarco/Yamaha

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Re: MotoGP 2018 - Silverstone
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2018, 03:27:07 PM »
Due to weather conditions, and the state of the newly resurfaced track ::), all racing has been delayed numerous times so far, but it is hoped that if the rain has stopped/eased enough by 16.00hrs to make the track safe, then the MotoGP race will go ahead at 16.30.

Fingers crossed but ain't holdin' my breath!!! :-\ :-\

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Re: MotoGP 2018 - Silverstone
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2018, 04:43:45 PM »
Latest news is the Grand Prix has been cancelled.

There's going to massive fallout and ramifications over this....the circuit has been recently resurfaced, but it looks like it's been done cheaply/poorly, as all the riders have complained that the track now has significantly more bumps than it did before, and the new asphalt is holding and pooling rain water on the surface, rather than allowing it to drain through, or run off the track.

***In a subsequent press conference....it has been stated the cancellation of the British Grand Prix is a direct result of the new resurfacing (as racing has been successfully held there in very similar conditions in previous years).

So it would appear that the execution of the resurfacing, and the quality of the material used....is crap. >:( >:(

Heads will roll over this, as it's shown the organisation of the British round of the World Championship to be incompetent, and a complete farce in front of the eyes of the rest of the circuits of the world.....all of which seem to able to get right what we can't. ::) >:( >:( >:(

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Re: MotoGP 2018 - Silverstone
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2018, 07:45:14 AM »
A bit of a farce, eh?

Someone mentioned to me yesterday that Hamilton called Clutchclow (sp?) at the weekend to tell him that the surface was bumpy BEFORE the F1 race this year and to be wary of it.

Even if the bumps were bad the (lack of) drainage was the damning factor; you can't have bikes aquaplaning across standing water (bloody great lakes of it!). And I'd have thought that drainage would be a known entity when they were doing the re-surfacing.

I wonder if they'll blame the recent extremely dry weather.

Or Brexit.
..........so I packed up and went to the pub.

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Re: MotoGP 2018 - Silverstone
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2018, 11:42:37 AM »
It's a COMPLETE farce if ya ask me.


It smacks of Silverstone doing the job on the cheap, by using inexperienced/incompetent contractors who could lay the tarmac flat to iron out the bumps or provide camber where needed to facilitate drainage, and who also used an inappropriate type of asphalt that wasn't porous.

Grrrrrrr