TIMELINE : TYRE WOES
Scott Redding’s rear tyre violently discards it’s outer layer, leaving him with minor injuries to his back. The session is red flagged but restarted shortly after, to the surprise of many.
FP4 is red flagged with four minutes left, due to safety concerns as technical stewards and Michelin examine Redding’s tyre. They are allowed to restart 20 minutes later, using the same tyres for the remainder of the session and for qualifying.
Michelin announce they will pull both rear tyre compounds and replace them with a special reserve tyre. Riders are offered 30 minutes additional practice on Sunday morning to dial in the new tyre.
The additional practice is cancelled, as wet conditions mean the riders would have been unable to test the new dry tyre.
Race control announces a confusing series of scenarios for what will happen in the event of wet and dry conditions, as riders take to the track on wet tyres in an extended warm-up.
With a wet warm-up and dry conditions for the race, riders are informed they cannot use the reserve tyre, and will instead use the previously removed options in a two-part race with a compulsory pit stop.
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Marc Marquez wins – using a tyre that has previously been disallowed for safety concerns.