Due to persistent rain from this morning, the track conditions at the resurfaced Silverstone circuit didn’t allow the riders to do a safe race today, therefore the 12th round of the 2018 MotoGP World Championship season had to be called off.
Championship: 7th - Points: 104
"The race was canceled after we were waiting a long time today hoping that the rain stops and we have less water on the track. We usually can race when it’s raining and although it was raining all day today, the rain was not very heavy. But with the new asphalt apparently, they did a mistake and it was so slippery with the bumps and there was aquaplaning. The crash on Saturday has been very strange and we could feel that almost every rider was already on the limit on the sighting lap. We took the decision we can not race because there was still too much water. It’s a pity we can’t go out there because we all were ready. But in the end, it’s safer to take this decision."
Championship: 16th - Points: 24
"The safety commission decided to cancel the race because there’s just too much water on the track. I can’t say much. We wanted to race, but there’s nothing we can do. It’s a pity with the new asphalt, so I hope they solve this kind of situation. I really wanted to go out and learn on the GP bike in these kind of conditions, but it’s decided and we need to accept. See you next year, Silverstone! Now we just look forward to the next race, trying to improve and learn."
“I’ve always been a democrat and I respect the majority, I respect above everything the riders because they are the ones who take the risk and they can decide above anybody if it’s safe to ride or not. Personally, straight after the grid formation and when we decided – which was the right decision from race direction – to postpone the start of the race, all the team managers had a meeting and there was a possibility as tomorrow there is a bank holiday in the UK and tomorrow the sun will be shining, the track will be dry, so everything was ready for a great MotoGP race, which most of the time we have here at Silverstone. But some team managers decided that they didn’t want to do it, although we already did it in Qatar and it was not the end of the world to organize a few more rooms or change a few flight tickets. I have always been frank and said what I think and I think we should always try to race. There was a possibility to do it in a safe way and I’m disappointed we didn’t take it. But anyway, let’s forget about that, come out of here. We just can say that we feel very, very sorry for the spectators that have been around and waiting this race for a year and I think this should be more in our mind. We go back to the sunshine in the South of France and hopefully we’ll have great race in Misano.”