Leading riders all agree it was the right decision not to delay MotoGP qualifying


marc-marquez-sepang-motogp-fp3-2013Difficult track conditions affected the qualifying session for tomorrow’s MotoGP race at Sepang with rain falling during Q1 and leaving one section of the Sepang track wet during Q2.

Turns six and seven, a fast downhill right-left combination, was especially treacherous as a result of the shower with riders unable to push to the limit through the corner comfortably but when asked after the session the leading riders all agreed that it was right that the session went ahead.

Marc Marquez set the fastest time in the session and afterwards the pole sitter was asked what he thought about the decision of race direction to allow the session to go ahead with the wet conditions at just one corner.

The championship leader answered unequivocally by saying, “This is racing and if it’s wet in some parts of the track you have to try and manage.”

valentino-rossi-sepang-fp4-2013His fellow front row starters both agreed that it was right for the session to have started on time with Valentino Rossi saying:

“A lot of times we have started in worse conditions than today and had to use the slick tyres,” commented the nine times world champion. “The problem with today was that it was just a little bit wet so maybe you don’t expect [a lack of grip] but it was the right decision.”

Cal Crutchlow posed an interesting counter question by asking what would happen if it started raining at another corner as well. Suddenly the riders would have been faced with a mostly dry track with a handful of wet corners:

cal-crutchlow-sepang-motogp-fp4-2013“It was the right decision to start the practice because if they wait what happens if it rains in another two corners?,” asked Crutchlow. “We could be in a worse position, the start finish might be dry and the rest of the track wet and then what do you do? So I think it was fine to start the session.

Crutchlow went on to comment that Sepang also offers a unique challenge for riders with the track surface making it difficult to see the wet sections of the lap:

“With this track surface we can’t really see that it has rained because it doesn’t go dark so it’s a difficult situation but hopefully we’ll get a clean dry race.”

andrea-doviziso-2-sepang-motogp-fp3-2013Andrea Dovizioso also commented that the bright nature of the surface made it very difficult for riders:

“I t is almost impossible to see where it is wet because the asphalt is almost white and it’s difficult to see where is wet,” said the Italian. ” I arrived at turn six and changed direction and completely lost the rear. I was lucky not to crash and I think that we need to work on that [with the safety commission] because it is quite dangerous for everybody.”

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