11/3/2018 12:42:57 PM

Malaysian MotoGP qualifying delayed by rain

Malaysian MotoGP qualifying delayed by rain

Sepang, Malaysia: Qualifying for the Malaysian MotoGP was delayed for over an hour Saturday after the Sepang International Circuit was hit by heavy rains.

The first of two sessions which decide who starts in pole position in Sunday's Grand Prix was stopped after about two minutes due to the torrential downpour.

The rain began to fall in the final premier class practice just before the qualifying sessions, forcing several riders to tumble off their bikes. 

The first session finally got under way about an hour and 20 minutes after it was supposed to start. 

Qualifying went ahead successfully earlier for the Moto3 and Moto2 categories, before the rain came down.

The start of Sunday's MotoGP was moved forward by two hours to 1:00 pm (0500 GMT), organisers said. Heavy rains typically come down later in the afternoon in Malaysia.

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso is chasing his third consecutive Malaysian MotoGP title this weekend as he seeks to be crowned runner-up in the overall standings this season.

Honda's Marc Marquez has already been crowned world champion.

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