MotoGP Grand Prix of Japan to be postponed

Motegi Race Track

The Japanese round of the MotoGP world championship at Motegi this weekend has been postponed to October 3 due to air travel problems caused by the cloud of volcanic ash in Europe, officials said on Monday. The governing International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) said in a statement that the decision was a case of  ‘superior force’.

An ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano has stopped air transport in and out of much of Europe, where the teams and riders are based.

The new date means the Japanese race, which would have been the second of the season, will now slot in as round 14 of the championship before Malaysia and Australia.

The second round of the series, had been planned for the Motegi circuit but fears that large parts of Europe could continue to be no-fly zones has led to the event being rearranged. With the Spanish round at Jerez – a flagship home race for the series’ rights holders Dorna – due to be staged a week later, there had been fears over teams being stranded in Japan.

The FIM, the sport’s governing body, has taken the early step to postpone the Japanese round before teams began flying out equipment and personnel to Japan.

The next race for all MotoGP fans on the calendar will be the Grand Prix of Jerez, Spain on May 2nd, Italian world champion Valentino Rossi leads the standings.

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