Japanese MotoGP moves to October
|By Matt Beer||Tuesday, March 15th 2011, 14:18 GMT|
Motorcycle racing's governing body the FIM has announced that MotoGP's Japanese Grand Prix will now take place on 2 October.
It was confirmed earlier today that the race's originally scheduled 24 April date would not go ahead as Japan battles through the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated large parts of the country last week and triggered ongoing problems at a nuclear power station.
The FIM has now confirmed reports that the race will be moved to the first weekend in October, where it will slot into the middle of what had been a month-long gap between the Aragon and Australian GPs.
FIM president Vito Ippolito said the thoughts of everyone involved in motorcycling were with Japan at present.
"In these terrible hours, the world motorcycle community and the FIM's thoughts are with your country and the Japanese people which have, with their brands and culture, contributed so much to motorcycling and its development worldwide," he said.
Last year's Japanese GP was also postponed from April to October, in that instance due to travel issues arising from the volcanic ash crisis that had struck Europe at the time.