News 22 Oct 2023

Australian MotoGP sprint race cancelled due to extreme weather

Announcement draws end to 16th round of 2023 season at Phillip Island.

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Extreme weather has forced the cancellation of the 2023 Australian MotoGP sprint race, bringing an end to the action at Phillip Island for this weekend.

Heavy wind gusts are the area of concern, with wet and windy conditions presenting themselves today at iconic 4.445km circuit.

The Moto3 race was, fortunately, able to go ahead, with Deniz Oncu (Red Bull KTM Ajo) victorious and Australia’s Joel Kelso (CFMoto Pruestel GO)  on the podium in third, while Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) won the weather-shortened Moto2 World Championship encounter.

“Race Direction, comprised of IRTA, FIM and Dorna Sports, has advised that due to inclement weather, today’s MotoGP Tissot sprint will not proceed,” a statement from the Australian Grand Prix Corporation read.

“The Moto3 Grand Prix was held earlier today, with Australian Joel Kelso finishing in third position, while the Moto2 Grand Prix was red-flagged after nine of the scheduled 23 laps.

“AGPC respects the decision of Race Direction and we thank all our fans for their understanding. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Island for next year’s Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix from 18-20 October 2024.”

In response the inclement weather forecast, multiple schedule changes occured throughout the weekend, headlined by the MotoGP Australian GP race pushed forward to Saturday – which was won by Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) – and all races pushed forward one hour today to beat the weather.

The MotoGP World Championship now moves to Buririam, Thailand, between 20-22 October for round 17 of the 2023 season.