Qatar MotoGP qualifying cancelled due to Losail track being too wet

Qualifying for MotoGP's 2017 season opener in Qatar has been cancelled due to wet weather

Qatar MotoGP qualifying cancelled due to Losail track being too wet

While the chance of rain featured on forecasts for each day of the Qatar Grand Prix week, the first two days of running at the Losail circuit were not affected.

That changed with storms and heavy rain on Saturday, and even though it stopped falling several hours before the first scheduled session, the track failed to dry out sufficiently.

With concerns over whether riders would be able to race in the wet under lights, an extra session to evaluate the conditions was initially scheduled for early Saturday evening.

That was postponed indefinitely and ultimately cancelled, with Moto3, Moto2 and Asia Talent Cup running also binned.

Fourth practice was delayed by 35 minutes to 8:30pm pending track conditions, with qualifying to follow, however 20 minutes before that time organisers announced that all schedules for Saturday evening had been cancelled.

Grids for all three classes will be determined on the results of the three completed practice sessions on Thursday and Friday, with Yamaha's Maverick Vinales to start on pole position in MotoGP, ahead of Andrea Iannone.

Jorge Lorenzo will start his first race with Ducati from 12th place.

While most of the 3.375-mile layout was dry, rivers of water ran across the track in numerous locations, despite efforts to clear them.

There were also concerns about water remaining on the kerbs and astroturf run-off areas, and large pools of water in the gravel traps.

While the door had been opened to move the race to daylight hours on Sunday, it remains scheduled for 9pm local time, after Moto3 and Moto2.

Warm-up sessions for all three classes, though, have been extended from 20 minutes to 30.

MOTOGP QATAR GRAND PRIX STARTING GRID:

Pos Rider Team Time Gap
1 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m54.316s -
2 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1m54.848s 0.532s
3 Marc Marquez Honda 1m54.912s 0.596s
4 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 1m55.008s 0.692s
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m55.042s 0.726s
6 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1m55.085s 0.769s
7 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m55.113s 0.797s
8 Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha 1m55.208s 0.892s
9 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m55.211s 0.895s
10 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m55.414s 1.098s
11 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1m55.435s 1.119s
12 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1m55.461s 1.145s
13 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 1m55.581s 1.265s
14 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 1m55.624s 1.308s
15 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m55.634s 1.318s
16 Jack Miller MVDS Honda 1m55.959s 1.643s
17 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 1m56.003s 1.687s
18 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m56.179s 1.863s
19 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda 1m56.368s 2.052s
20 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1m56.725s 2.409s
21 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1m56.854s 2.538s
22 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m57.116s 2.800s
23 Bradley Smith KTM 1m57.654s 3.338s

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