Phillip Island MotoGP race shortened again amid tyre worries
|Sunday, October 20th 2013, 03:11 GMT|
The Phillip Island MotoGP race has been cut to just 19 laps after further tyre issues.
MotoGP had already instituted mandatory mid-race pitstops to change onto bikes with fresh tyres after Bridgestone expressed concern that its rubber would not last more than 14 of the 27 scheduled laps.
Following the warm-up the format was revised again, with 19 laps the new distance and pitstops required after nine or 10 laps.
If rain comes, the race will be red-flagged so that riders can change onto bikes with wet tyres.