Motegi.- The extreme weather caused by Typhoon Talas, which is hitting Tokyo and its surroundings this Saturday, has forced the organizers of the MotoGP World Championship to cancel the third free practice session in Motegi.
In this sense, it is worth noting that the structures already valued early in the morning anticipating the time of the timing, in anticipation of the bad weather offered by the radar. However, the vote that took place left the day’s agenda as it was initially planned.
Waiting for the storm to offer a truce and a window to open in which to let go, the teams will meet again to assess the possible alternatives, in case the storm does not reduce its intensity. If that happens, the priority would be to celebrate Moto2 Q2, which had to be neutralized with a red flag, and the two MotoGP heats, which should set the starting grid for this Sunday’s race.
In the event that the situation does not subside, two scenarios are assessed. The most likely is that the starting grid of the heavy motorcycle category will be drawn up based on the times of the first practice, given that, in the second, already held on a wet track, nobody lowered their time from Friday’s day . That would put Jack Miller on pole position, starting just ahead of the three main title contenders. Next to the Australian, in the first row, would be Pecco Bagnaia, his teammate in the official Ducati team, and Fabio Quartararo, the leader of the points table. Aleix Espargaró would start from fourth position, leading the second row, which would be closed by Marc Márquez, sixth.
The other option that is being considered is to move the qualifying to Sunday morning, a solution that has as a precedent the 2019 Australian Grand Prix, in Phillip Island, where bad weather forced classification to be postponed and held on the same Sunday.