TIME­LINE : TYRE WOES

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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.

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