Qatar GP – The decision shall be final. The Qatar GP will take place even in case of rain. After careful inspection and analysis carried out by race direction, it was decided that pilots will take to the track during the Asian race even in case of rain.
The Qatar GP would take place regularly even in wet weather
The Qatar GP runs in the evening and under the spotlight. So, the race direction always stopped the competition to ensure the safety of the pilots. In fact, they might have impaired vision due to the reflection of the headlights on the wet asphalt. Starting from 2017, then, will change everything, especially after tests carried out precisely at Losail from Loris Capirossi and Franco Uncini, who went to Qatar to test the night vision in the presence of wet asphalt. No reflection of lights in any puddles. So, the race would take place regularly even in wet weather.
Maverick Vinales, Alvaro Bautista and Pol Espargaro expressed their opinion on the matter
A decision that did not like some racers like Maverick Vinales, Alvaro Bautista and Pol Espargaro, who expressed their opinion on the matter. “What we need to do is go there and try. Because we never ran under the rain at night. The problem is how you reflect light on the asphalt.” said Maverick Viñales. Skeptical too Alvaro Bautista: “It doesn’t seem so simple. Because of these conditions, you notice many reflections on a street bike. I don’t see it as something positive. But we can’t know for sure until you try. In any case, it’s better if it’s not raining: we’d all be happier.”
Finally, the comment by Espargaró. “In the end it will be a matter of consensus among pilots. So, I don’t know why our opinion has not been sought. We’ll talk there during the Grand Prix Commission meeting on Friday.“