They say it rarely rains in the desert, but when there are bikes in the mix, it appears there's always an exception to the rule. It might sound traight, but day one of testing in Qatar was officially cancelled due to rain.
Moto2 and Moto3 should have been on track until 20.30 (CET) but in truth very few riders headed out, barely 15 and all in the first session. The rain left the track unrideable, as the riders don't even have rain tyres, with Dunlop having decided not to bring them.
In addition, once the sun set, there was no hope of the track drying out quickly. So at 17.30 CET, the decision was taken to cancel the rest of the test day.
A little like what happened in 2009, when a rain shower prior to the MotoGP race caused it to be postponed to the following day.
So this day has given us some interesting photos but little more. The Moto2 and Moto3 riders will be back on track tomorrow and Sunday, hoping that the arid desert returns to being just that.
Photo Courtesy Team Aspar