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Emergency office in Mandalika due to the conditions of the route

Mandalika.- The immense amount of mud accumulated on the asphalt of the Mandalika circuit, which forced those responsible for the track to stop the activity on the track for an hour and a half to carry out cleaning work, was the trigger for the meeting that was convened on the fly, and that anticipated the meeting of the Security Commission scheduled for Saturday.

After one in the afternoon (local time), Marc Márquez led the first day of the three that are scheduled, with a best time of 1:38.7 seconds, six seconds above the fastest lap set by the Turkish Toprak Razgatlioglu (1: 32.8 seconds), in the Superpole session of the WorldSBK World Championship test that was held here last November.

Many of those present in the paddock commented that track conditions were significantly worse than usual in Losail, Qatar, during the first day of activity, when the circuit is completely covered in desert sand.

“The problem is that this is not sand, but mud,” complained most of the mechanics and riders, more focused on removing the dirt accumulated on the bikes and suits, than on a rough initial set-up.

The red flag that was shown just an hour after it began (at 9:00 local time), and which lasted for an hour and a half, was the most obvious indication of the precariousness of the facility. For all these reasons, a delegation of riders, with Aleix Espargaró, Fabio Quartararo, Maverick Viñales, Pecco Bagnaia and Alex Rins, among others, met with Carlos Ezpeleta , Dorna’s representative in Race Direction, and Franco Uncini , the safety delegate .

On the table, the protocol to follow in order to go ahead with the last pre-season test (this Saturday and Sunday) and, even more importantly, the Indonesian Grand Prix, which will be held in a month and a week, in a setting that is still it requires a lot of work.

The conclusion reached is that the riders who wanted it were going to complete a total of 20 laps before three in the afternoon, and if they were unable to significantly reduce their times by that margin, the day would be considered over until Saturday.

An hour after the meeting, track conditions had improved significantly and times had dropped by almost four seconds. However, there is concern about what could happen if it rains again heavily, as is forecast for tonight.

Alex Marquez, Team LCR Honda

Alex Marquez, Team LCR Honda

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Andrea Dovizioso, RNF MotoGP Racing

Andrea Dovizioso, RNF MotoGP Racing

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Andrea Dovizioso, RNF MotoGP Racing

Andrea Dovizioso, RNF MotoGP Racing

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Andrea Dovizioso, RNF MotoGP Racing

Andrea Dovizioso, RNF MotoGP Racing

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Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

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Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing bike

Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing bike

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Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing bike

Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing bike

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Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing bike

Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing bike

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Darryn Binder, RNF MotoGP Racing

Darryn Binder, RNF MotoGP Racing

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Darryn Binder, RNF MotoGP Racing

Darryn Binder, RNF MotoGP Racing

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Darryn Binder, RNF MotoGP Racing

Darryn Binder, RNF MotoGP Racing

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Darryn Binder, RNF MotoGP Racing

Darryn Binder, RNF MotoGP Racing

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Fabio Di Giannantonio, Gresini Racing

Fabio Di Giannantonio, Gresini Racing

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Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team

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Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team

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Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha Factory Racing

Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha Factory Racing

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Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

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Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

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Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

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Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Team

Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Team

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Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Team

Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Team

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Raul Fernandez, KTM Tech3

Raul Fernandez, KTM Tech3

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Raul Fernandez, KTM Tech3

Raul Fernandez, KTM Tech3

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Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

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Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

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Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

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Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

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Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

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Repsol Honda Team bike

Repsol Honda Team bike

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Alex Rins, Team Suzuki MotoGP

Alex Rins, Team Suzuki MotoGP

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Andrea Dovizioso, RNF MotoGP Racing

Andrea Dovizioso, RNF MotoGP Racing

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Maverick Vinales, Aprilia Racing Team

Maverick Vinales, Aprilia Racing Team

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Moto Aprilia Racing Team

Moto Aprilia Racing Team

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Moto Aprilia Racing Team

Moto Aprilia Racing Team

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Moto Pramac Racing

Moto Pramac Racing

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Moto Pramac Racing

Moto Pramac Racing

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Repsol Honda motorcycle

Moto Repsol Honda

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Raul Fernandez, KTM Tech3

Raúl Fernández, KTM Tech3

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Raul Fernandez, KTM Tech3

Raúl Fernández, KTM Tech3

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Raul Fernandez, KTM Tech3

Raúl Fernández, KTM Tech3

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Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

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Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

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Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

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Takaaki Nakagami, Equipo LCR Honda

Takaaki Nakagami, Equipo LCR Honda

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Takaaki Nakagami, Equipo LCR Honda

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Yamaha Factory Racing dirty the bike with sand

Yamaha Factory Racing ensucia la moto con arena

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Yamaha Factory Racing dirty the bike with sand

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