MotoGP: Weather forces cancellation of MotoGP's Silverstone round

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The British Grand Prix became the first MotoGP race to be canceled in 38 years on Sunday after heavy rain left standing water on parts of the new track at Silverstone.

"I am so sorry", said managing director Stuart Pringle in a video statement, promising to contact all ticket holders during the week.

The last time a premier class race had to be cancelled outright was the 1980 Austrian Grand Prix, which was called off due to snow, although the 2011 Malaysian GP, where Marco Simoncelli was killed in a crash, was also deemed not to have occurred in the official statistics.

"This year, with the new surface, is the first time we've encountered quite so much standing water in critical places on the track".

"It is a direct result of the track surface", said Webb.

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Jorge Lorenzo had been due to start from pole position, with championship leader Marc Marquez starting fifth.

"The Safety Commission analysed the situation and I think the Race Direction has to be thanked; they listened, and in the end, safety was everybody's main consideration - one of us riders is in hospital already".

Conditions were atrocious and organisers were always going to err on the side of caution after Tito Rabat was badly injured in the fourth practice session of the weekend on Saturday.

Silverstone declared its intention to start the race at 1330, weather permitting, and shortly before this time Dorna announced a planned 1400 start and a reduction in race distance from 20 laps to 16, subject to a track inspection. Not a good day for the fans, the organisers, the teams, the riders.

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