Extreme weather conditions force postponement of WorldSBK Race 1 to Sunday
Following severe weather conditions on Saturday afternoon during the Pirelli Indonesian Round at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit, the difficult decision has been taken to postpone WorldSBK Race 1 to Sunday.
Following a heavy thunderstorm hitting the Pertamina Mandalika Circuit in the afternoon on the WorldSBK grid for Race 1, the start was delayed. Weather conditions continued to deteriorate, forcing Race 1 to be rescheduled for 11:00 AM on Sunday morning, with riders’ safety remaining paramount.
Sunday’s new schedule will include WorldSBK Race 1 at 11:00 AM LT (GMT +8) and WorldSBK Race 2 will start regularly at 15:00 LT (GMT +8). Both races will be over the course of 21 laps. For the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup (IATC), there will be one race on Sunday: Race 3. Unfortunately, this means the cancellation of the Tissot Superpole Race and Saturday’s second IATC race.
Starting grid positions for WorldSBK Race 1 and Race 2 will be following the results of today’s WorldSBK Tissot Superpole from Saturday morning.
Talking about the decision, WorldSBK Executive Director Gregorio Lavilla stated: ““The heavy rain arrived, and we had to, at that moment, stop the activity. We were checking if we could restart the programme later on. We waited as much as we could, we did some inspections on track. Unfortunately, the rain never stopped even if it wasn’t such a heavy quantity at the end. The areas that were more critical were not actually the track, so it was outside of the track. In case of an accident, this could have big problems for the riders so unfortunately, we had to postpone the race until tomorrow.”
The rest of the schedule remains unchanged.
New Sunday Schedule, all times are local time (GMT+8):
09:00: WorldSBK Warm-Up
09:25: WorldSSP Warm-Up
11:00: WorldSBK Race 1 (21 Laps)
12:30: IATC Race 3 - (12 Laps, new race distance)
13:30: WorldSSP Race 2 (19 Laps)
15:00 WorldSBK Race 2 (21 Laps)
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