Chaos Reigns At Imola, Riders Refusing To Go Out

What was supposed to be a triumphant return to a track steeped in history has turned into a farce. Action at the World Superbike round at Imola ground to a halt after just two laps of practice, with Tom Sykes crashing and riders complaining of a complete lack of grip. The track is incredibly slick from last weekend's WTCC car racing, with some confusion over whether there is still oil on the track or whether the lack of grip is due to an overly aggressive cleaning process which removed all the rubber from the track.

According to, the riders and teams have gone into a meeting with FIM safety representative Claude Danis to discuss how to solve the problems. So far, it looks like there'll be no action today, while the circuit organization finds a solution to track conditions, in the hope of getting the riders back out onto the track tomorrow.

More as it comes in.

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I suggested letting some of the lunatic Italian race fans loose on the track for a few hours! That ought to lay down some rubber. This is inexcusable to pull something like this so late in the championship battle.

Get every available rental car from the surrounding area. Separate them into classes the best you can. Spend the rest of the day NMC (not my car) racing.