Austin MotoGP track CHAOS after safety bike crashes TWICE at Circuit of the Americas

Thunder and lighting derailed proceedings early on and the prestigious Austin-based circuit was late to open.

Due to the perilous conditions, FP3 was cancelled completely.

Riders eventually got on track, but water and high winds caused issues.

The condition of the tarmac was a cause for concern by several factories even before the rain started falling.

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Bigwigs at the elite teams won’t be feeling any better now it’s been revealed that even the safety bike was facing major difficulties.

Respected MotoGP journalist and former Isle of Man TT winner Mat Oxley posted on Twitter: “The BMW safety bike was crashed twice yesterday at COTA”

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Thunder and lighting derailed proceedings early on and the prestigious Austin-based circuit was late to open.

Due to the perilous conditions, FP3 was cancelled completely.

Riders eventually got on track, but water and high winds caused issues.

The condition of the tarmac was a cause for concern by several factories even before the rain started falling.

Marquez will start on pole position tonight, but the Honda superstar says the wind was giving him a headache in qualifying.

“Today it was so windy on the back straight and maybe the set up on the bike that we had yesterday [Friday] was when there was no wind,” he explained.

“But on Sunday the forecast says no wind so we’ll keep it like it is.

“But today it was shaking too much. For two laps it was okay, for the first lap I just try to be there.

“Even on the first lap I close a little bit but it was not a big damage – a big problem – I didn’t lose a lot.

“Happy because this pole position is important after a strange day.”

Valentino Rossi, who starts second on the grid later, had one hairy moment at turn 10 as he wrestled to keep his M1 on track.

“Some people say to me that with the first tyre I was in front of Cal [Crutchlow] I think,” he said.

“But I go over the curb, a little bit like Maverick makes in FP4, and I lose a little bit of control.

“I enter into turn 10, but in turn 10 it’s like I take one wet patch.

“So I lose the control and it’s quite fast, quite scary but it’s okay.”

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