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CormacGP Shoots Misano - Racing Beauty On The Rimini Riviera

Another new feature on the site starting this week. After every round of MotoGP, the immensely talented Cormac Ryan Meenan of CormacGP will be supplying a selection of photographs from that weekend's event. If you'd like to see more of his work, you can follow him on Twitter or Instagram, or check out his website,

Flying on Friday and Saturday, but when the grip went, so did Maverick Viñales' chances of a podium

Miller Time

Alvaro Bautista reflects on his performance

Marc Marquez gets physical

Jorge Lorenzo came to Misano with a plan. But Andrea Dovizioso had a better plan

"The best bike on the grid". The universal verdict on Ducati after Misano

A race in Italy means a special helmet for Valentino Rossi. But only us old hands can remember the movie this one was based on

Speed thrills

A good result for Dani Pedrosa, but a long way back from the front group


Next year's bike will be easier, Franco

A happy man, is Paolo Ciabatti

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Tom's Tech Treasures: Up Close With MotoGP Bikes At Misano

Thomas Morsellino is a French freelance journalist and photographer, with keen eye for the technical details of MotoGP bikes. You may have seen some of his work on Twitter, where he runs the @Off_Bikes account. After every race, will be publishing a selection of Tom's photos of MotoGP bikes, together with technical explanations of the details. subscribers will get access to the full resolution photos, which they can download and study in detail, while readers who do not support the site will be limited to the 800x600 resolution photos.

Thumb rear brake lever on Jorge Lorenzo’s Ducati GP18

Aerodynamic (large version) fairing used at Misano on Andrea Iannone's Suzuki GSX-RR

Stefan Bradl’s Honda RC213V used at Misano, probably the 2019 version with a curved radiator

Rear tyre temperature sensors on the KTM RC16 (Pol Espargaro)

Battery of the KTM Moto2 bike

Ride-by-wire throttle on Stefan Bradl’s RC213V. Throttle position is measured electronically, and sent to ECU to operate butterflies

Danilo Petrucci’s front fork with the two brakes temperature sensors (small red sensor behind suspension reservoir)

A mysterious part underneath the front of the fairing on Michele Pirro's Ducati GP18. Could it be a ballast weight?

6-axis accelerometer (Suzuki GSX-RR) that provides gives accurate information on lateral grip. This also helps to be more precise for vibration analysis and grip loss detection.

Yamaha M1 electronics connector "hub" with wheel speed (SPD), suspension travel (SUS), brake temperature (BRK) and a fourth connector, with a cable marked TB

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From Bad To Worse: Romano Fenati Loses Racing License, Summoned To FIM

Things are going poorly for Romano Fenati. His actions during Sunday's Moto2 race at Misano, when he reached over and squeezed Stefano Manzi's front brake, are having far-reaching repercussions. 

On Sunday, the FIM Panel of Stewards penalized Fenati with a two-race ban. On Monday morning, he was sacked from his current Moto2 ride by the Marinelli Snipers Racing Team. On Monday afternoon, he also lost his 2019 ride with the MV Agusta Forward Racing Team. 

More was to come on Tuesday. First, the Italian motorcycle federation FMI revoked Fenati's racing license for all sporting activities in Italy. This also renders him ineligible to compete in any international or world championship events, as international racing licenses are also issued by the national federation, which in Fenati's case is the FMI. He has been invited to a hearing on 14th September, at which he will have the right to representation by a lawyer.

Then, the FIM, the international motorcycling federation, summoned Fenati to the FIM headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, to explain his actions. In a press release, shown below, FIM president Vito Ippolito summoned Fenati to the FIM to here his side of the story, before considering further action against the Italian.

This seems outside of the normal course of events for disciplinary proceedings. Fenati could be referred directly to the FIM's highest court the International Disciplinary Court (CDI). If issued a penalty by the CDI, Fenati would have two more avenues for appeal. 

It may not come to that. Today, Fenati told the Italian paper Il Resto Del Carlino that he intended to withdraw from racing, at least for the foreseeable future. He would complete his studies, and perhaps go and work in his grandmother's hardware store.  He accepted his error - "I did the stupidest thing of my life" he told Il Resto Del Carlino - but insisted his intention had not been to harm Stefano Manzi. 

Fenati had received death threats since the incident, he said. The press coverage of the incident had been overwhelming, even making the evening news in countries in which motorcycle racing is a niche sport. That coverage, and the outrage generated in online echo chambers, had whipped up some individuals so far as to make threats against Fenati's life.

Whatever the outcome of the FIM hearings, Fenati's racing career is at best on hold for a period of years rather than months, and at worst, finished permanently.

The FIM press release appears below:

The FIM summons Moto2 Rider Romano Fenati to FIM HQ

Following the incident in the Misano round of the FIM Moto2 Grand Prix World Championship on Sunday 9 September involving Moto2 rider Romano Fenati, the FIM President has summoned the Italian rider to the FIM Headquarters in Mies (Switzerland) to explain his conduct.

In view of the egregious and shocking nature of Mr Fenati’s act, the FIM took the time needed to reflect serenely on the incident, which has prompted strong emotions throughout the world of motorcycling and beyond.

The FIM has decided to summon the Rider to FIM HQ (Switzerland) in order to discuss the situation with him before taking any action the FIM may consider appropriate.

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Bradley Smith To Become Aprilia MotoGP Test Rider

As the Silly Season for riders is almost complete, the test rider market is starting to take shape. The first official announcement came today, as Aprilia announced that Bradley Smith will be taking on a role as test rider for the MotoGP project for the Italian factory.

Smith had told the media yesterday that he felt like he still had work left to do in the MotoGP paddock. "At the end of the day I feel like I have a lot to offer," Smith said. "Also I’m not done. When you’re not done, the motivation is high. I’ve said before I want to be back inside this paddock full-time in 2020. The motivation is high to help the whole project and ride well myself and put myself in the shop window. As long as that’s managed in the right way in the team structure, it’s certainly not a negative thing to be [a test rider]. Having wildcards available is always a good incentive for the rider and also a good incentive for the project. Everyone pushes on and pushes forward." 

Smith had also been in the running for the job of test rider inside Yamaha's new European test team, but that option disappeared during the British GP. "In Silverstone the final nail in the coffin came from Lin Jarvis when he said there would be no British rider as a test rider," Smith said. With Smith out of contention there, that means that Jonas Folger is almost certain to take the role with Yamaha as test rider.

Suzuki will have Sylvain Guintoli working as a test rider for them next year, while Michele Pirro will continue at Ducati. Mika Kallio will return with KTM, though the Austrian factory are also trying to persuade Dani Pedrosa to take on a role alongside Kallio. Stefan Bradl is likely to return with HRC as test rider. At Ducati, Casey Stoner is leaving the Italian factory at the end of the season, though there is no sign of whether he wishes to continue as a test rider.

The Aprilia press release appears below:


Aprilia's home GP at Misano Adriatico is also the chance for an important formalisation. MotoGP rider Bradley Smith will join the Aprilia Test Team for 2019 and will also compete astride the RS-GP in a series of wild cards during next season. The arrival of the British rider, runner-up 125 champion in 2009 on Aprilia, is part of the racing department's reorganisation and reinforcing process to consolidate the Aprilia MotoGP project.

Bradley Smith, born in 1980, took his first steps in motorcycle racing at a very young age in motocross, later making his début in the single-brand Aprilia Superteens where he was quickly in the limelight. He moved up to the 125 World Championship class in 2006, taking his first podium finish the following year. He was then runner-up champion in the category in 2009, whereas in 2011 and 2012 he raced in the intermediate Moto2 class. In his MotoGP experience, begun in 2013, he has finished twice on the podium and taken a series of top 10 placements. His trophy collection also includes one from the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours, won in 2015.


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2019 MotoGP Line Up Nearly Complete: Karel Abraham Signs 2-Year Deal With Avintia

The 2019 MotoGP grid is now as good as complete. Today, the Reale Avintia squad announced they have signed a two-year contract with Karel Abraham which will see him racing a Ducati for the team for the next two seasons.

The announcement had been widely expected. Xavier Simeon has not lived up to expectations and failed to adapt to MotoGP, and Avintia were looking for a replacement. Abraham had been left without a team after the Aspar / Angel Nieto Team passed their grid slots to the Petronas Yamaha team, which had already signed riders for the coming season. Abraham needed a team, and Avintia needed a rider who could bring money, to replace the money lost when Simeon departed.

Though formally, there are two seats still officially without a contracted rider - the second Reale Avintia seat, and the second LCR Honda seat - those rides are already taken. Tito Rabat will stay on for another year at Avintia, once he returns from his serious injury picked up at Silverstone, and Taka Nakagami will extend his contract with LCR Honda. All that is needed is the official confirmation.

The 2019 MotoGP rider line up appears below. 

2019 and beyond
Rider Bike Contract through
Movistar Yamaha
Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 2020
Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 2020
Repsol Honda
Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 2020
Jorge Lorenzo Honda RC213V 2020
Ecstar Suzuki
Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 2020
Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 2020
Gresini Aprilia
Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 2020
Andrea Iannone Aprilia RS-GP 2020
KTM Factory
Johann Zarco KTM RC16 2020
Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 2020
Factory Ducati
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP19 2020
Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP19 2019
Pramac Ducati
Pecco Bagnaia Ducati GP19? 2020
Jack Miller Ducati GP19 2019
LCR Honda
Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 2020
Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 2019?
Tech3 KTM
Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 2019
Hafizh Syahrin KTM RC16 2019
Petronas SIC Yamaha
Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 (factory) 2019
Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 (satellite) 2019
Avintia Ducati
Karel Abraham Ducati GP18 2020
Tito Rabat Ducati GP18 2019?

The Avintia press release appears below:

Reale Avintia Racing is pleased to announce a two-year agreement reached with Karel Abraham that will see the 28 year-old Czech rider will compete in MotoGP World Championship with Ducati in 2019 and 2020.

Karel Abraham’s debut in the World Championship was in 2005 in 125cc and after two seasons he moved up to 250cc. In 2010, the same year the Moto2 class started as the new intermediate category, Abraham did a strong season and he ended the year with a podium finish in Japan and wining the race in Valencia.

His debut in MotoGP was in 2011 with Ducati and he completed five seasons before moving to World Superbike. Abraham came back to MotoGP in 2017 and he showed his skills at the Grand Prix of Argentina with front row start and top 10 result in the race.

Karel is a very experienced rider and capable of scoring points in every race. Next season he will race with Reale Avintia Racing team riding a Ducati GP18 and he expects to step forward and get closer to the front.

Karel Abraham

“I’m very happy to continue in Motogp next year and would like to thanks for this opportunity to Reale Avintia Racing Team. We signed in Silverstone because it was very important for me to finalise every detail of the contract in order to get competitive machinery. This worked out also thanks to a big help of Luigi Dall’Igna and Paolo Ciabatti from Ducati factory. The important part is, that it will be Ducati GP18 with the newest specification, which has a good results from this season. Thanks to that I believe, that we will be able to make some really good results and I am already very excited about the next season.”

Raúl Romero | CEO Esponsorama

“I’m very happy to see Karel Abraham joining our team. He is a hard worker, has won in Moto2, and has a lot of experience in MotoGP and with Ducati. I think that with better material and with the work of the whole team, next year Karel will be able to show its true potential. And I’m also happy to announce that we will continue with Ducati for two more seasons.”

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Provisional 2019 MotoGP Calendar: 19 Races With Minor Reshuffles

Dorna today unveiled the provisional MotoGP calendar for 2019, confirming much of what we already knew. The schedule will consist of 19 races, as the circuit in Mexico City will not be ready to host a MotoGP race next year, and the Kymiring in Finland is also still under construction. Both races are provisionally expected to be on the 2020 calendar.

The calendar is broadly similar to this year's schedule, with a few tweaks. The season kicks off at Qatar on 10th March, earlier than usual and a week before F1, which normally starts before MotoGP. Three weekends later, the series is racing in Argentina at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, and two weeks after that, the whole circus heads north for the US round in Austin.

Another extra weekend off means the season gets off to a slow start, the circus heading back to Europe for the first Spanish round at Jerez on 5th May. Le Mans, Mugello, Barcelona, and Assen all follow at two-week intervals, with the final race before the summer break being at the Sachsenring, a week after Assen. No surprise that MotoGP should stay at the Sachsenring, the event being hugely popular, and the circuit working on a deal to take over as promoter of the event, replacing the ADAC in that role.

The reason for Germany being a week earlier is to be give the riders a summer break, the series now having 3 weekends off before returning at Brno. The Czech round and the Austrian round remain back-to-back, before the series heads north again to the UK for the British round. The British GP is scheduled for Silverstone, the circuit having made a commitment to hosting the series, but whether that will remain the case as the fall out from this year's canceled race settles is open to question. Dorna will demand the track is resurfaced, or at the very least that the circuit fixes the draining problems at the track. 

One significant change to the calendar is that the Misano round has been moved back a week to 15th September, to avoid a clash with the F1 round at Monza, due to happen on 8th September. This puts the Misano and Aragon rounds back-to-back, a logistical challenge given the 1500km which separates the two circuits.

The flyaways happen in the same order as this year, with the paddock heading to Thailand, then a break for a week, then Motegi, Phillip Island, and Sepang all back-to-back, Sepang starting in November for the first time. The circus ends up at Valencia, as usual, on 17th November.

The 2019 provisional calendar:

Date Grand Prix Venue
10 March Qatar* Losail International Circuit
31 March República Argentina Termas de Río Hondo
14 April Americas Circuit of The Americas
05 May Spain Circuito de Jerez
19 May France Le Mans
02 June Italy Autodromo del Mugello
16 June Catalunya Barcelona - Catalunya
30 June Netherlands TT Circuit Assen
07 July Germany Sachsenring
04 August Czech Republic Automotodrom Brno
11 August Austria Red Bull Ring - Spielberg
25 August Great Britain Silverstone Circuit
15 September San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
22 September Aragón MotorLand Aragón
06 October Thailand Chang International Circuit
20 October Japan Twin Ring Motegi
27 October Australia Phillip Island
03 November Malaysia Sepang International Circuit
17 November Comunitat Valenciana Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo

* Night race

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SilversTone: Tony Goldsmith's Photos From Before The Flood

Storm clouds gather over Silverstone. The storm would break on Sunday

If anyone could claim to have lost out at Silverstone, it was Maverick Viñales. The Spaniard was back to his old form during practice

Of course, Viñales only lost a chance to win a race. Tito Rabat lost the rest of his 2018 season after going down on some standing water

A reservoir and a piece of aluminum. One of the secrets to Jorge Lorenzo's speed on the Ducati

Jack Miller would have raced. But he was one of the only ones

Two of the parts which get swapped a lot. Shock linkages, and rear shocks. This is where traction starts

Andrea Dovizioso. Pondering lost opportunities?

Cal Crutchlow came to win his home GP, but went away empty handed. Like everyone else

The Misano test helped the Yamahas. Valentino Rossi was back near the front again

Bad weather = clear visors = awesome

Slovenian titanium bringing the loud

Repsol Wrestlemania

Johann Zarco is back to something like his old form

Playstation? No, these are the go-faster buttons



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Busy Days And Record Times At Aragon Private MotoGP Test

A number of the MotoGP teams have had a busy test at the Aragon circuit over the past two days. This is the test which played a role in not being able to move the Silverstone race to the Monday, a public holiday in the UK, as the trucks needed to travel the 2000km from Towcester to Alcañiz and set up ready for testing.

On Wednesday, Suzuki, Yamaha, and KTM were the factories taking to the track, with the Pramac Ducati squad also present. Thursday saw Yamaha and Pramac depart to make way for the factory Ducati squad. The teams were met with much better weather than at Silverstone, allowing two full days of testing, with the track improving as it got cleaned up with bikes circulating.

No press releases were issued after the test, though plenty of riders posted images on Social Media (such as Jorge Lorenzo, Maverick Viñales, Alex Rins, Bradley Smith, and KTM substitute test rider Randy De Puniet). But Italian website spoke to Alma Pramac team manager Francesco Guidotti after the test.

The roles in Pramac varied. Jack Miller had nothing to test, and focused on setup for the race weekend. Danilo Petrucci, however, was there in part as factory tester, preparing the ground for the factory team, who rode on Wednesday. Times released by the team gave Miller a fastest lap of 1'48.8, while Petrucci managed a 1'49.1.

For reference, Dani Pedrosa's fastest lap during last year's race was1'49.140, while Maverick Viñales' pole time was 1'47.635. Those times are still well short of the times set on Bridgestones in 2015: Marc Márquez holds the pole record with 1'46.635, and Jorge Lorenzo holds the fastest race lap at the track, with a 1'48.120.

The Movistar Yamaha team had a very busy day, putting in as many laps as possible. They are said to have been working mainly on race setup, but in Austria, Yamaha had promised a larger upgrade to test at the Aragon test. It is unknown whether they got to that, but the fact that both Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi put in so many laps suggests that they had more to do than just race setup.

There was a new face in the factory Yamaha garage. Jonas Folger was present at the test, though not riding, further fueling speculation that Folger is to be the official test rider in Yamaha's European MotoGP test team. Folger's role with Yamaha is made more likely as Bradley Smith is edging closer to an official deal as test rider for Aprilia.

On Thursday, the factory Ducati team took the place of Pramac and Movistar Yamaha, with Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo taking to the track, alongside official test rider Michele Pirro. The factory Ducati riders were mainly concentrating on setup for the race there in just over three weeks' time, an important task, given that Aragon is one of Lorenzo's favorite and best tracks. It is also a track where Ducati have traditionally struggled, their only win there coming in 2010 with Casey Stoner.

They certainly have good pace, if the unofficial times are to be believed. According to, Jorge Lorenzo matched Maverick Viñales' pole time from last year, with a 1'47.6, while Andrea Dovizioso set a fastest time of 1'48.0.

The test also brought bad news for Ducati, though for the WorldSBK team. Chaz Davies fell while riding a supermoto bike at the circuit. Davies fell on the collarbone he injured in a mountain bike accident before the World Ducati Week in July. The Welshman suffered a minor fracture of the right collarbone, and is being treated in hospital. At the moment, it is not clear whether he will be fit for the Portimao round of WorldSBK on 16th September, but Ducati currently expect him to be racing there.

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2019 Calendar To Be Announced At Misano: 19 Races, No Mexico, No Finland

We are a week away from being able to book (provisionally, with free cancellation) to see a race in 2019. The provisional MotoGP calendar for 2019 is due to be published at the Misano round in just under 10 days' time. 

As the official website revealed over the weekend, there will only be 19 rounds in 2019. The numerical symmetry of that may be pleasing, but there were plans to have 20 races next season. The debut of the Kymiring in Finland has been delayed by a year to 2020, as the circuit will not be ready in time for a 2019 date. And the planned round in Mexico at the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in Mexico City has been dropped, unless the circuit is prepared to make changes.

The Mexico round had been proposed to the riders at the Brno round, but the idea was not received well. The F1 circuit has a lot of armco and very little runoff, and the riders in the Safety Commission felt it could not be used without significant changes.

I understand that FIM Safety Officer told the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit that significant changes needed to be made to the circuit, including the removal of three buildings. The circuit came back with an alternative plan which left the buildings in place, and Uncini rejected the plans as not safe enough to stage MotoGP. I understand that the circuit is studying alternative solutions with the aim of staging a race in 2020. Dorna and the manufacturers would like to see a race in Mexico as soon as reasonably possible. But the riders have demanded a chance to test at the track before Dorna can give it the go ahead.

At Silverstone, Aleix Espargaro had explained some of the background to the decision. "I'm proud about the decision they took," the factory Aprilia rider said. "I mean I'm happy because they really listened to us. When we were in the Safety Commission two races ago the idea was, 'we go to Mexico'. And we were like, 'what?' And then we explained our thoughts and said, 'it's better to do a test, it's better to see not just in a pdf but by being there, somebody does a test with a MotoGP bike'."

"So they said, 'Okay we need some days to think and we will come back with some news'. They thought about it and I'm happy they took this decision. I would really like to race in Mexico, but it's better if we do a test, see the track. I'm sure they will do a nice and safe track and then we can race in 2020."

Espargaro told reporters that significant changes would be needed to make the Mexico City circuit a viable proposition. "Yeah, they have to change a lot the track. We will see if the design is enough. What makes me really curious is about the stadium zone. It's very nice, but we have to see if there is enough room for MotoGP, which is getting faster and faster every year and we don't want the walls too close. Also the straight, the walls are very close. I didn't like the straight at Indianapolis and I think this straight is very similar, so it's better to go there and test."

With Mexico and Finland off the table, the 2019 calendar will look very similar to this year's schedule, with a few tweaks. The season kicks off in Qatar on 10th March, then heads to Argentina. Originally, this was expected to be on 24th April, but with Mexico dropping out, Argentina could be moved a week later. The US round in Austin takes place on 14th April, before the circus heads back to Europe.

The European rounds will take place in their traditional sequence, starting with Jerez on 5th May. However, according to German-language publication Speedweek, there could be a problem with the Misano round, as F1 has provisionally scheduled the Monza round to be on the 8th September, the same date as Misano. That would be a problem, as MotoGP and F1 do everything possible to avoid having their events in the same country on the same weekend, because of the fan overlap. MotoGP may be forced to swap the Misano and Aragon rounds, bringing Aragon two weeks earlier, and Misano two weeks later. 

A couple of questions remain. The future of the German round of MotoGP is yet to be settled, though it is vanishingly unlikely that the race will take place anywhere other than the Sachsenring. According to Speedweek, the current promoter, German automobile association ADAC, is set to be dropped, with Dorna likely to do a deal directly with the Sachsenring circuit, which is in the process of being purchased by a wealthy German investor. That would allow the circuit to make the necessary changes to make it profitable again, such as taking over the privately-owned grandstands run by companies neighboring the circuit, as well as allowing the regional government to subsidize the event. 

When the race is to be held is also an open question. The riders have demanded a longer summer break than they had this year, their summer consisting basically of a single extra free weekend. If the Sachsenring round is held a week after Assen, on 7th July, this would give the riders 3 free weekends between Germany and Brno. If it is held on 14th July, then they would once again have only 2 free weekends.

There is also a question of where the British round of MotoGP will be held. The expected scenario is that the race will be held at Silverstone on 25th August, the weekend of the August Bank Holiday. However, after the debacle at Silverstone with the new surface, Dorna will be demanding major changes, and most likely a completely new surface before allowing the race to be held there again. MSVR, owners of Donington Park, are known to be angling to hold MotoGP there, but they are arguably a year short of being in a position to do so, facilities needing just a couple more upgrades to get them ready for Grand Prix racing. If Silverstone are unable - financially or politically - to either resurface the track or address its inability to clear the surface of standing water, then Dorna's hand may be forced. 

More clarity is expected next weekend, when the provisional calendar is due to be announced. But that calendar will come with an asterisk or two, with changes a real possibility. 


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All Races Canceled At Silverstone MotoGP Round

Track conditions have forced the cancellation of the 2018 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The original schedule had been changed after problems with standing water during the FP4 session for the MotoGP class on Saturday afternoon, with the MotoGP race moved to an 11:30 start and the first race of the day. But after a series of delays due to water on the track, the races were officially canceled after a meeting of the Safety Commission at 4pm on Sunday afternoon.

The circuit had been hopeful of being able to hold the races. The MotoGP warm up had started in the dry, the first spots of rain starting to fall during the Moto3 warm up. The rain fell steadily, but not heavily, and the riders who returned from the sighting lap when they went to the grid reported aquaplaning all around the track. On Saturday, there had only been problems at the entry to Stowe and to Vale. On Sunday, there were problems everywhere.

There were team meetings and regular track inspections throughout the day, Franco Uncini and Loris Capirossi putting in plenty of laps in the Safety Car. But each time they came back, the conclusion was the same: too much standing water, which wasn't clearing. As a result, the track was not deemed safe to ride.

A final inspection had been scheduled for 4pm local time, but 20 minutes beforehand, an impromptu meeting of the Safety Commission was held. There, the riders decided nearly unanimously that the track was not safe to ride, and that the race should be called off. Dorna called off racing in all three classes, on the grounds that if it was not safe for the MotoGP riders to race, then it would not be fair to expect riders in other classes to race either. 

On Sunday evening, Silverstone Circuit, by way of its managing director, Stuart Pringle, said that they would investigate the causes of the standing water, and bring in an independent body to assist in the investigation. 

With the race canceled, no points were awarded, and the championship standings in all three classes will remain the same as after the Austrian round at the Red Bull Ring. Seven races remain in the 2018 Championship.


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