Crashes in pre season testing in Losail resulted in concerns which the 8pm local time period start could be dangerous because the decreasing nighttime temperatures induce dew to build up online.
After agreeing that reverting to the 2018 schedule of a 7pm race launch was to the cards, MotoGP promoter Dorna chosen to adhere to the projected timetable and rejected a further push from riders to bring the beginning forward following Friday night’s Safety Commission meeting.
“It is so strange, you do not really understand the condition in which you’re riding around, you realize it’s cold but it may change lap upon lap,” explained Crutchlow.
“What is going on iswe don’t create the rules. I think we’ve been quite strong with them with respect to what we need, but at the end of your day we can not change it out and we can not do such a thing.
“What do we do? If you’re going to sit right down and everyone said’OK, we aren’t racing’, there’ll often be people who’ll race, plus so they’ll be around the podium. And this is the way it’s. If one guy goes out of pit lane, the rest will go out of pit lane.
“I actually don’t think the terms are sufficient at eight o’clock, but I don’t create the guidelines .”
World winner Marc Marquez said MotoGP had been”taking a risk which isn’t necessary” by starting the race in 8pm.
Marquez was clearly one of the many riders caught out by the day states on Saturday.
He fell during the fourth clinic session which computes qualifying, as did Alex Rins,” Bradley Smith along with Johann Zarco.
Zarco then crashed again at qualifying, where Jorge Lorenzo, Tito Rabat along with Jack Miller joined the list of cyclists to have injuries on Saturday evening.
Of the crashes, all bar Marquez’s happened at Flip 2 – that Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaro said whilst the very dangerous spot.
“Corner two is incredible – it is ice hockey,” he explained. “You brake plus it does not matter how slow you process the corner, so you have to be quite careful.”
Espargaro said it would have now been”super-helpful” if the race time was brought forward and clarified wind was causing as many problems while the temperatures .
“This is a mixture because this wind makes the noodle more chilly,” he explained. “Even if the track temperature isn’t super-low, with the wind it’s potentially worse.
“Sometimes it’s advisable to get only just a little cooler track but no breeze.”