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Monsoon conditions hit Misano and cause practice chaos Terrible weather conditions have hit the Adriatic coast near the Misano circuit, leading to the cancellation of all of today's remaining practice sessions. In the morning, Shinya Nakano...

Monsoon conditions hit Misano and cause practice chaos

Terrible weather conditions have hit the Adriatic coast near the Misano circuit, leading to the cancellation of all of today's remaining practice sessions. In the morning, Shinya Nakano was able to take to the new Misano track for just 22 laps, to get some experience of the 2.6mile circuit in the worsening conditions. The leader of the first session was Italian Marco Melandri on his Honda RC212V.

However, following a two-hour downpour, which flooded the circuit, run- off areas and pit garages, all remaining timed sessions were cancelled. The decision was made for safety reasons, as on some corners water was sitting around a metre-deep.

Tomorrow morning the MotoGP riders will have two hours of free practice, while the schedule in the afternoon will remain unchanged with qualifying beginning at 1.50pm local time and ending at 2.50pm.

Extra practice sessions were drafted in for today, as this is the first time Misano has been used as a Grand Prix circuit since 1993. Since then massive revisions have been in place to increase safety, including resurfacing, reversal of the direction of racing from anti-clockwise to clockwise, and the lengthening of the track by around 120 metres.

The original track was designed back in 1969 and held its first event in 1972. The first Grand Prix held at the circuit was in 1980 for the Grand Prix of Nations.

The 2007 tyre rule - which sees 17 rear and 14 front tyres allowed in each rider's allocation - has been expanded to 15 fronts and 19 rear tyres.

It is hoped that conditions will rapidly improve, as weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday are much better than today's conditions. Sunday's 28- lap race is due to start at 2pm Central European Time.

-credit: kmh

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Shinya Nakano , Marco Melandri