On Sunday, the British GP being held at Silverstone raceway had to be cancelled due to unsafe conditions. The owners of Silverstone chalked up the cancellation to the rainy and wet conditions. However, in a video interview with MotoGP race director, Mike Webb, he confirmed that the race was cancelled primarily due to issues with the track itself.
At the beginning of the year, Silverstone was resurfaced for the first time since 1996. The resurfacing was an attempt to level out bumps that have been an unwelcomed staple of the track for years. The issue of the bumps have also garnered complaints from Formula 1 drivers.
After the events of Sunday, it was clear that the resurfacing didn’t exactly fix the problems and may have actually caused new ones. The new surface was unsafe because of the rainy conditions but this was due to water not draining properly and puddling in a number of places.
Unfortunately Avintia Ducati rider Tito Rabat had to be airlifted to the hospital after suffering a broken leg, when he was struck by Franco Morbidelli’s Honda. Morbidelli lost control of his bike after running into what he described as a “wall of water.”
This was an unfortunate event for MotoGP, the riders, and fans.