San Marino GP: Rizla Suzuki Friday notes

Practice cancelled as biblical scale downpour soaks Misano All of this afternoon's practice sessions were cancelled at Misano in Italy as a torrential downpour flooded the track and left both the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racers in search of snorkels...

Practice cancelled as biblical scale downpour soaks Misano

All of this afternoon's practice sessions were cancelled at Misano in Italy as a torrential downpour flooded the track and left both the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racers in search of snorkels and Suzuki outboard motors to navigate the circuit, rather than their GSV-Rs.

A huge thunderstorm broke just after midday and the deluge of water that fell in a short time made the Misano track look more like an aqua park rather than a Grand Prix circuit fit for the top two-wheeled machines in the world.

MotoGP officials tried to clear the track of water that was over a metre deep in places, but even Moses would have had problems parting the gushing torrent as it flowed down onto the racing surface from the surrounding hillsides.

John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen did get out in the morning session -- which was also hampered by heavy showers -- and recorded the eighth and 11th quickest times respectively. Vermeulen crashed during the session in the wet conditions, but was unhurt and managed to continue with the practice on his spare bike. Marco Melandri set the fastest time on his satellite-team Honda.

A new schedule will now be arranged to allow all riders to get some much needed practice on the new Misano circuit in time for Sunday's 28-lap race.

John Hopkins:

"Well, you could say that everything went swimmingly today! In these conditions the only one that got any significant practice was the Team's rubber duck! We weren't able to test much this morning as it was so wet, so all we really learnt was which direction the track went. Hopefully it will be better tomorrow and we can get some dry time, because if not and it is fine for the race it will be a complete lottery as to what could happen. I wonder if Bridgestone has rubber rings that we could fit to the bike, so we could have some extra buoyancy to float around!"

Chris Vermeulen:

"I was looking forward to coming back here, but if I'd have known this weather was going to be here I'm sure I would rather have stayed on the beach in Australia. I thought at one point we were going to need a submarine to get out of the circuit this evening! We'll have to see what happens tomorrow and pray that we get some dry sessions."

-credit: rizla

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Series MotoGP
Drivers John Hopkins , Chris Vermeulen , Marco Melandri