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Oct 25

MotoGP: Lorenzo, Rossi Agree With Decision To Cancel Friday Practice

Riders applauded race control's decision to cancel Friday practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Riders applauded race control’s decision to cancel Friday practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Leading riders including nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi have supported the decision to cancel Friday practice for the Japanese Grand Prix on safety grounds.

Low cloud cover and poor visibility prevented the medical helicopter from flying in to the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit, leaving race officials with no option.

Oct 25

MotoGP: Riders Spend Time With Fans During Motegi Weather Delay

Nine-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi poses with fans. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Nine-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi poses with fans during Friday’s weather delay. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

All on-track activity was cancelled Friday at Twin Ring Motegi due to poor weather conditions, but that didn’t put a damper on the festivities happening in the MotoGP paddock.

The Japanese crowd, which is known for being dedicated and loyal, decided to stick around despite the lengthy delay. Several riders – including Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa – rewarded them by signing autographs and taking photographs.

They quickly turned a dreary day in to one filled with life and laughter. It was truly an outstanding moment, and is reflected in many of the photographs circling the garage.

We wanted to share some of our favorites with you…

Jorge Lorenzo and his mini-clone take a photo in the Yamaha garage. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Jorge Lorenzo and his mini-clone take a photo in the Yamaha garage. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Oct 25

F1: Live Updates! Friday Indian GP On-Site Coverage

Jean-Eric Vergne and Romain Grosjean compete during second practice at Buddh International Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jean-Eric Vergne and Romain Grosjean compete during second practice at Buddh International Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Welcome to FOX Sports’ Live Formula 1 blog from the Buddh International Circuit in Noida, India. We have all the latest from this morning’s practice sessions, plus the latest from several drivers regarding Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.

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Lotus Boss Has ‘Had Enough’ Of Rookie Drivers

Lotus boss Eric Boullier meets with the media. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lotus boss Eric Boullier meets with the media. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lotus boss Eric Boullier says that 2014 is not the time to be bringing on a rookie  – and made it clear that the team does not intend to hire an inexperienced driver any time soon.

He admitted that there’s little chance of reserve driver Davide Valsecchi being promoted.

Oct 25

MotoGP: Championship Clinching Scenarios For Marquez In Japan

Championship leader Marc Marquez walks through the paddock at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Getty Images)

Championship leader Marc Marquez walks through the paddock at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez did not pick up the MotoGP title when it was first possible, dramatically disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix for failing to make a mandatory bike change within the permitted window. Moving straight on to Japan, the 20-year-old Spaniard has another chance of achieving the dream of a lifetime.

Following Jorge Lorenzo’s victory in Australia, Marquez now has an 18-point lead at the head of the World Championship classification. The Repsol Honda Team rider needs to increase his lead by at least eight points to clinch the title at Motegi this weekend.

Marquez will become World Champion in Japan under the following circumstances:

- Marquez wins with Lorenzo third or lower

- Marquez finishes second with Lorenzo fifth or lower

Oct 25

F1: Williams Fined €60,000 For Unsafe Release

Pastor Maldonado's car is lifted off the track during FP2. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado’s car is removed from the track during FP2. (Photo: Getty Images)

Williams has been fined €60,000 ($82,799.96) by the FIA for an unsafe release of Pastor Maldonado in Free Practice 2 in India.

A wheel nut came loose and rolled across the track after the Venezuelan left the pits. However the wheel – the right front – was retained, and he continued on before finally stopping close to the pit entry.