The third MotoGP practice session of the Thailand Grand Prix weekend was due to begin at 9.55am local time, but has not gone ahead as scheduled.

This was because the track conditions remain unsuitable for racing after morning rainfall turned into a downpour shortly before the planned start of the opening Saturday practice in Moto3.

No target start time had been given for the Moto3 session, which was due to start at 9am, after the delay. And while at one point the rain looked to have eased off sufficiently to allow for track action to kick off, it picked back up before competitors could begin practice.

The current weather and track conditions mean that MotoGP’s FP3 session is unlikely to alter the combined practice classification which determines who progresses to Q2 automatically, after both of Friday’s session took place in the dry.

Factory Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci and LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow are thus among those who face having to fight their way through Q1 on Saturday afternoon.

MotoGP Safety Car in rain

MotoGP Safety Car in rain

Photo by: Srinivasa Krishnan