The race at the Losail International Circuit will be set to start up at 8pm local time, one hour later than last year, but riders remain concerned about track conditions at the time in the daytime, after having a spate of day crashes in preseason testing at the place.
Series organisers were understood to function as evaluating a switch to the schedule after Jorge Lorenzo lobbied Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, but in the end the program remained provisionally unaltered.
Nevertheless, the door was left available to tweaks to be manufactured and on Thursday Lorenzo calls to attract the race.
Asked about his lack of race simulation practice in preseason testing, Lorenzo clarified: “during the evaluation I did a half [race run], my aim was to accomplish 10 laps, but the fever dropped a lot and also the humidity, going quite smooth I crashed in Turn 2.
“Hopefully that the race will probably get [moved] on Sunday.
Reigning champion Marc Marquez given the viewpoint of his Honda teammate that was brand new.
“We’ve got to discuss for sure in the Safety Commission, but any way enjoy another riders say, finally in 7 the danger is much less, and for sure that the grip on the trail is going to soon be much better and we can push more,” Vinales said.
“without a doubt will probably soon be a series, but any way we need to discuss and see what we may do. ”
Finally, Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso — that the winner in Qatar last year — was more reserved than the Yamaha and Honda riders, but leaned towards an earlier beginning.
Dovizioso also voiced his frustration at the structure of this weekend, under which also the Sunday morning warm-up and also two clinic sessions are held.
“The point is through the daytime we create two clinics, that really is bad, because it’therefore not so good to prepare the race. But this could be. ”