Friday, June 24, 2011

2011 Assen MotoGP: All FP2 Sessions Canceled Due To Oil On Track

A grenaded engine in Moto2 FP1 has had dramatic consequences. The engine of Alex Baldolini MGM Forward Racing Suter let go in the final minutes of FP1, depositing oil on the track, but due to the spray and rain, Baldolini was unable to see the problem, and Baldolini cruised around for half a lap with oil pouring from his bike.

The mixture of oil and water, but most especially, the extent of the spillage made it a herculean task to remove the oil from the surface before the next sessions could be run. First, practice the Red Bull Rookies was rescheduled, then 125cc FP2 was postponed and then rescheduled, then MotoGP FP2 was delayed. In the end, the circuit organizers simply ran out of time, with no space to squeeze in three sessions of practice for the three Grand Prix classes. All further action at the track was canceled, to give the circuit a chance to clean the track thoroughly and fully.

Practice will now resume tomorrow. Whether the teams will get more time on track to compensate the lost session is as yet unknown. More later. | Kropotkin Thinks

Gary Semics Andrew Short Shaun Simpson Joel Smets Jeff Smith

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