Incredible, but as we said at the end of our previous article dedicated to Maverick at Silverstone 2016, in MotoGP everything is possible. Even a weird day.

Today’s riders of MotoGP, with professional contracts have their say, unlike a few years ago, and may decide to cancel a Grand Prix. Has the business bowed to safety? Maybe because it wasn’t just any GP. As always, however, there is a lack of respect for the smaller classes, not even consulted about the final decision. In Moto2 and 3 this cancelled race could change the fate of their championships.

We don’t have a precise idea of ​​the volume of business burnt this Sunday in terms of television rights and for the main sponsors involved. We can instead estimate the hole that it can generate for all the sponsors and technical partners of teams and riders.

Of course safety is everything in this era. But here there is a problem upstream.

A circuit like Silverstone can’t deal with a restyling of the pavement in January that eight months after already has no drainage and incredible depressions. The tarmac of the circuit, symbol of the British engines, has been restored but maybe not quite in accordance with best practice.

On Saturday Rabat got a miracle after a slip in aquaplaning, hit by the bike of Morbidelli who also slipped, and getting the fracture of tibia and fibula. Just before that, a heroic Alex Rins of Team Suzuki Ecstar jumped from his bike before it crashed into the barriers. Grip zero but `the show must go on`, as the great Freddy Mercury sang with the Queen.

So Sunday, warm up as scheduled, semi dry asset. Then it started  to rain hard, like a normal British Sunday. The final result of this `black sunday` of the MotoGP was determined by a series of factors, because it is always the sum that makes the total.

1) Coinciding the British GP with Formula 1 GP of Belgium, at Spa, is almost comical. How you do it? Maybe only the insiders had noticed this `detail` at the beginning of the season?

2) Factor 1 produced the factor number 2, that is, the concurrence on TV of the two events, with the relative (predictable) chaotic results of the audience. In fact, the program included an unprecedented TV schedule with reverse order compared to the usual MotoGP, Moto3 and Moto2. This detail already made us think of something forcibly different from the usual. Never turn the table.

3) Rain is the number 3 factor but this has hardly ever been missing for many seasons in the UK GP. There is no right period in the calendar at these latitudes therefore this was the `fixed ‘factor of the weekend, everyone knew it. It was certainly not a variable.

4) Time is money. Keeping millions of fans connected to TV, smartphones and PCs has been a low-league palliative. The fans sitting in the stands wrapped in their jackets and umbrellas in perfect British style were almost touching. Will there be compensation from the organizer? The riders could have a meeting even a few hours before? From 12.30 to 17.00 (Italian time), it seems to us a oodles of time waiting. But there was the F1 live from Spa in the meantime.

5) Safety at all costs. This last, decisive, sacrosanct factor, became the mantra in motorsport, rang down the curtain on the black weekend of Silverstone 2018…

We’ve been following the motorcycle world since we were kids and we have seen geological eras in racing motorcycling. Coincidentally in Spa, back in 1979, the first “strike” took place, led by Barry Sheene, Kenny Roberts and Uncini due to the track asphalt conditions. Then ten years later it was the turn of Misano with the victory of Chili with the big watching from the box. The problem was always the asphalt.

Historically there are only a couple of episodes, very particular, to say the least. In Austria in 1980, the GP was canceled for snow. Then more recently in Losail in Qatar in 2009, a million-to-one shot, it rained in the desert at night. (!) But then on the following Monday the GP regularly competed in all three classes.

As fans, but for some years now also professionally involved in MotoGP, we would expect more respect for a sacred place like Silverstone. We never imagined having to remember that the following Monday would have been impossible to run. Why does? August 27th is a public holiday in Britain, Late Summer Bank Holiday.

As if in a hypothetical and virtual GP d’Italia at Mugello, canceled by storm on Easter Sunday, it did not take place on Easter Monday the following Monday.

It would be a motorist sacrilege. Unfortunately today a sacrilege has been made towards Silverstone. Plan B is always needed.