Severely Windy Conditions Halt Phillip Island Qualifying Day

The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team was disappointed to be unable to qualify on the second day of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix weekend. A heavy crash by Miguel Oliveira due to strong wind meant Race Direction decided to red flag the FP4 proceedings at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit with 13 minutes remaining, and it was ultimately ruled that no further track action would be taking place today out of safety concerns.

Riders Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi were looking forward to putting a final hand to their bikes’ race settings in FP4 and entering the Q2. However, with the weather remaining uncertain, the teammates have no other option than to wait for the confirmation of Sunday’s revised schedule. In the morning the weather will be assessed and accordingly it will be decided whether the MotoGP will be completing the Warm Up, Q1, Q2, and Race sessions all on the Sunday, or if it will just be the Warm Up and the Race, like usual. In the latter instance, the combined Free Practice results (FP1 + FP2 + FP3) will determine the starting grid. Should this be the case, Viñales and Rossi have secured first and seventh place respectively. They now look forward to return to the Phillip Island circuit tomorrow morning to await instructions for further Australian GP proceedings.

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