The 2010 MotoGP season has been a remarkably dry and sunny one, with only a couple of sessions run in the wet. The weather gods appear to be making up for that lack of rain all in one go at Estoril, with the rain and wind lashing the Portuguese circuit for the first day of practice.
So poor have been the conditions that Race Direction has decided to change the schedule for Saturday. With the Estoril GP originally scheduled to go back to four sessions of 45 minutes, practice had been reinstated on Friday morning, but the positively diluvian conditions meant that most of FP1 was lost to rain. As a result, practice on Saturday will be back to one hour sessions for MotoGP, for both FP3 and qualifying. Moto2 will also get extra practice, FP3 being extended to an hour on Saturday morning.
The weather is expected to be poor this afternoon and on Saturday, but still good enough to ride, unlike conditions on Friday morning. The Race Direction press release containing the new schedule for Saturday is shown below:
RACE DIRECTION OFFICIAL RELEASE
Change of Saturday’s practice schedule
Estoril, 29th October 2010
The Race Direction has decided that due to adverse weather conditions today in Estoril, the schedule for tomorrow (Saturday) will be as follows:
|SATURDAY 30th OCTOBER|
|09:00-09:40||125cc||Free Practice 3|
|09:55-10:55||MotoGP||Free Practice 3|
|11:10-12:10||Moto2||Free Practice 3|
The schedule for today and Sunday remains unchanged.