Phillip Island MotoGP event moved to Saturday due to forecast wild weather

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Australia’s MotoGP at Phillip Island has been brought forward a day after organisers feared Victoria’s inclement weather could impact the showpiece motor sport event.

Instead of the race being held on Sunday it will take place one day earlier – on Caulfield Cup day.

Casey Stoner rides to one of his victories at Phillip Island.Credit: Joe Armao

Melbourne has experienced ideal spring conditions this week, but the weather is expected to turn sour on Sunday. Rain and cold temperatures are forecast.

Race organisers confirmed the switch in a statement on Friday.

“This decision has been taken proactively in order to guarantee the best and safest possible show for all competitors and fans attending Phillip Island grand prix circuit this weekend,” the statement read.

The main race will take place at 3.10pm on Saturday, with the sprint event to be held on Sunday, weather permitting.

The bureau of meteorology has forecast a maximum of 16 degrees and a minimum of 10 degrees at Phillip Island on Sunday, with “showers [and] very windy conditions”.

“Cloudy. High chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon,” the BOM says.

“Winds northwesterly 30 to 45 km/h turning westerly early in the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to between 5 and 10 with daytime temperatures reaching between 11 and 16.”

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