BRITISH GP THAT WAS NOT TO BE...
Normally by now you would be reading about how enthralling the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 races were. How they were jam packed with action and types of passing that would leave you breathless and on the edge of your seat. However, mother nature rained on Silverstone's parade and meant that Dorna had to pull the plug on the British GP.
The forecast stated heavy rain from about 10am onward and so MotoGP decided to rearrange the schedule of both Warm-Ups and Races. Moto3 was swapped with MotoGP as the priority was to ensure the fans some action even if the lower classes were not able to run due to conditions. All warm-ups ran despite the rain and completed the first and only set of action for the day.
At 11:10am all mechanics, bikes and riders headed for the grid, or attempted to anyway. On the sighting lap, Alvaro Bautista headed for the gravel traps after encountering a dangerous amount of standing water on the track. There was no way this race could be run. The safety of riders is paramount in this sport especially at such a high level with such high talent being developed. There was no doubt in anybody's mind, who has any sense in terms of racing, that it was virtually impossible for the Grand Prix to be run as much as it disappointed everybody inside and outside of the paddock.
Everybody went home disheartened: fans, mechanics, riders and probably Dorna too. But the most important thing is that nobody left on that Sunday with an injury. Tito Rabat was already a victim of the standing water at Stowe after a multi-rider pile up coming out of the Hangar Straight on Saturday. Alex Rins was one of the riders who jumped off his GSX-RR at approximately 150 mph before heroically staying put in the gravel trap to warn his fellow riders to slow down. However, Rabat was unable to stop his Avintia Ducati and aquaplaned into the gravel at turn 7. As he attempted to make his way out of the gravel trap, Franco Morbidelli also had to quickly depart from his bike at the same time. Morbidelli's Honda skidded into the back of Rabat and sent him flying towards the barrier, leaving Rabat immobile in the gravel with a broken fibia, tibula, femur and a dislocated knee.
I agree that the dithering and shivering fans who had braved the arctic conditions should of been kept more informed and a decision should of been made earlier than 4.5 hours after racing was set to start, as after all the forecast had been pretty spot on all day. But, who can blame riders for not wanting to race after they put their lives on the line for our entertainment in all sorts of conditions. If any anger was to be directed it most certainly should not have been directed to the riders or MotoGP but merely Silverstone Circuit. Has there not been any rain since the resurfacing? I very much doubt it.
A positive you can take from the shambolic British GP is that this is the first cancellation of a Grand Prix since it snowed in Austria in 1980, so lets hope there won't be another one for 38 years or maybe more...