MotoGP Argentina Friday practice has been canceled due to cargo delays

The opening day of practice for the 2022 Argentina MotoGP Grand Prix has been canceled due to delays in cargo arrivals at Termas de Rio Hondo.

Motorsport.com reported earlier this week that a technical issue with an aircraft at Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya, carrying cargo for part of the MotoGP paddock, had caused delays for some teams shipping equipment from Indonesia to Termas de Rio Hondo brought.

It was reported that Ducati was primarily affected as the factory team, Gresini Racing and VR46 would accept late shipments of cargo.

However, Dorna Sports has now confirmed that two separate issues affected two flights carrying cargo for all three classes and one will not arrive until Friday.

A statement from Dorna said a second cargo plane that had arrived in Tucuman, Argentina, was being sent back to Lombok, Indonesia to pick up more cargo, and encountered a mechanical problem during a stopover.

A cargo shipment remains grounded in Mombasa, according to Dorna, with parts being sent from Europe and the Middle East to fix it in hopes of getting it back airborne tonight.

As a result, MotoGP and race organizers have made the decision to cancel Friday’s race.

Instead, all three classes will have FP1 and FP2 on Saturday morning and early afternoon, with MotoGP dropping FP4 and replacing it with FP3 – although this will last 30 minutes, just like an FP4 session.

Qualifying for the MotoGP class will then take place immediately afterwards at 5:05 p.m. (9:05 p.m. BST).

The schedule for Sunday remains unchanged.

Argentina’s full two-day MotoGP schedule now looks as follows:

Saturday:

Moto3 FP1 – 08:45 (BST-4)
Moto2 FP1 – 09:40 (BST-4)
MotoGP FP1 – 10:35am (BST-4)
Moto3 FP2 – 11:35am (BST-4)
Moto2 FP2 – 12:30pm (BST-4)
MotoGP – 1:25pm (BST-4)
Moto3 Q1 – 2:35pm (BST-4)
Moto3 Q2 – 3pm (BST-4)
Moto2 Q1 – 3:30pm (BST-4)
Moto2 Q2 – 3:55pm (BST-4)
MotoGP FP3 – 4:25 p.m. (BST-4)
MotoGP Q1 – 5:05pm (BST-4)
MotoGP Q2 – 5:30pm (BST-4)

Sunday:

Moto3 Warm Up – 09:30 (BST-4)
Moto2 Warm Up – 10:00 (BST-4)
MotoGP Warm Up – 10:30am (BST-4)
Moto3 Race – 12:00pm (BST-4)
Moto2 Race – 1:20pm (BST-4)
MotoGP Race – 15:00 (BST-4)

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