The highly anticipated inaugural MotoGP India 2023 sprint race is currently facing a possible delay due to heavy downpour at the Buddh International Circuit, check out the weather forecast for tomorrow and more details below
Aside from delay due to the heavy downpour, the organizers have planned to set an additional practice.
MotoGP India Bharat 2023 Buddh International Circuit weather report for 24 September 2023 in Noida
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This weekend will marks a historic weekend for India and MotoGP at the former Formula 1 venue located 50km away from the country’s capital New Delhi.
MotoGP Indian Grand Prix sprint race at Buddh International circuit possible delay and additional practice
Just moments before the start of the Q2 for Moto3 class on Saturday afternoon, a heavy downpour forced a lengthy delay. As such, the delay will likely cause a delay for tomorrow’s MotoGP sprint set to begin at 11am BST (3:30pm local time). Moreover, it will also depend on whether or not the Moto3 and Moto2 qualifying sessions conclude on time. Another pressing issue is also the lack of wet data on the Buddh track, since the upcoming race is the first MotGP race. MotoGP riders have reportedly agreed to hold an additional practice in the conditions before the sprint in case it rains.
According to updates from Dorna Sports:
15 minutes after the end of Moto2 Q2, pitlane will open for a 15-minute MotoGP session in the wet. 20 minutes after the end of the MotoGP wet session, pitlane will open for one minute for a quick start procedure for the Tissot Sprint, If it’s wet after M2.”
MotoGP’s wet session will begin at 4pm local time (11:30am BST), ahead of the sprint, which will start at 4:38pm local time (12:08pm BST).
Buddh International Circuit weather forecast
According to weather forecast reports of the Buddh International Circuit, Sunday, September 24 will have a minimum of 27℃. Meanwhile, the maximum temperature during the day is expected to rise to 39℃ with averages of 37℃. Moreover, there will be a likely downpour with heavy rainfall expected late evening around 5:30 pm local time.
Extreme weather conditions at Buddh International Circuit
Another cause of concern besides the delay of the MotoGp sprint races at the Buddh International circuit is the extreme weather conditions. Riders have so far complained about extreme weather conditions at the Buddh International Circuit. In fact, the extreme heat during practice races on Friday forced a change in the race distances. Today’s sprint was initially scheduled to feature 12 laps, but will now take place over 11. Meanwhile the grand prix has also reduced by three laps.
On Friday, Reigning world champion Francesco Bagnaia shared how felt like his throat and his legs were burning while riding down the back straight. Aside from Bagnaia, a number of other riders have expressed their concern over the safety of the Buddh International circuit. This concern is particularly in wet conditions, because the barriers are very close to the circuit in some areas.
Honda’s Joan Mir stated:
We know this track is on the limit in terms of safety in many areas. But, at the moment, in the dry conditions it’s quite ok. It will be different in the wet.”