Delays in Argentina Grand Prix due to plane stuck in Mombasa

The plane is now expected to take off from Mombasa on Friday evening

Ducati Lenovo's GP22 engine during a recent test on the course ahead of the Argentina MotoGP

The sessions for the Argentina Grand Prix have been changed due to delays in the delivery of materials meant for some teams competing in Moto3, Moto2, and MotoGP.

One of five cargo planes scheduled to ship paddock material from Lombok, Indonesia, to Tucuman, close to Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina broke down in Mombasa on Tuesday, March 29.

It was reported that Ducati was primarily affected by this, with the factory squad, Gresini Racing and VR46 set to take late delivery of cargo.

However, Dorna Sports has now confirmed that two different issues affected two flights containing freight for all three classes and, with one not arriving until today, Friday April 1.

Free practice sessions will now begin and take place for all classes on Saturday morning. Of the sessions that normally take place on Friday, only one has been cancelled, with the other moved to Saturday. Qualifying will then take place on Saturday afternoon.

Warm-up sessions on Sunday morning have been extended, with each race set to begin at the same start time as originally scheduled.

MotoGP hasn’t raced in Argentina since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic forcing the 2020 and 2021 events to be cancelled.

This is the second round in a row where the schedule has been disrupted due to external factors, with the Moto2 and MotoGP race lengths shortened in Indonesia due to the Mandalika track surface breaking up at the final corner.

This is the first time a Friday session of a MotoGP race has been completely cancelled.

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