MotoGP prepared to enforce Monday races after Silverstone cancellation

MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta has indicated he is willing to enforce delaying races until Monday if necessary in future, in the wake of last month's British Grand Prix being cancelled

MotoGP prepared to enforce Monday races after Silverstone cancellation

Delaying the doomed Silverstone race by a day Monday was one option that was discussed by Dorna, teams and the British GP venue itself, an avenue made more feasible by the fact it was a bank holiday in the UK.

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But this course of action was ultimately rejected by the majority of teams, some of which were having to head straight to Aragon for private testing, although Ducati notably was in favour of a Monday race.

But Ezpeleta said in future instances where it is impossible to hold the race on Sunday, MotoGP will tell riders and organisers they must be prepared to race on Monday, or even Tuesday, instead.

"It's a shame but it's an experience we could and should learn from," said Ezpeleta in an interview with Spanish TV network Movistar.

"We must think about what we can do so it doesn't happen again.

"It's important that everybody knows that if the race can't be held on the Sunday, we will race on Monday or Tuesday. We come here to race.

"[In the safety commission] I will let the riders know, that there will always be a safe race, always when possible but [it must be] safe - I don't like to change the rules, and this wasn't confirmed.

"From now on we will race on a Monday, if it's possible to race on the Monday.

"I will tell them to be prepared to race the following day. We must also tell this to the organisers."

The 2009 Qatar season opener (pictured above) was pushed back to Monday when it had to be called off due to rain, while this year's Silverstone race was the first MotoGP round called off due to poor weather entirely since the 1980 Austrian GP.

Pramac Ducati rider Jack Miller said he was surprised given the more complex logistics of the Qatar situation that the teams were not willing to pursue a similar path at Silverstone.

"The race of course is what we are all here for, and logistically, they changed schedule, flights for all the teams for a race in Qatar," commented the Australian.

"To fly from England, almost everybody is based in Europe, so it's a lot cheaper buying flights for that than buying flights for Qatar.

"I believe that [decision] should have been put down to the riders. I believe we still should have gone ahead with the grand prix.

"We make a calendar for 19 races and we don't do them all."

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