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Sprint canceled in Australia due to storm

Sprint canceled in Australia due to storm

At the Australian Grand Prix, the sprint race in the MotoGP premier motorcycle class was canceled on Sunday due to severe weather. Damp and wind made running the event at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit near Melbourne impossible, and the jury made its decision half an hour before the start of the 13-lap race.

Due to the impending storm, the main event has already been postponed from Sunday to Saturday. Defending champion Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) extended his lead in the overall World Cup standings to 27 points ahead of his follower Jorge Martin (Spain), with second place behind Frenchman Johan Zarco. Following Australia, World Cup stops still to come in Thailand, Malaysia, Qatar and Valencia.

On Sunday, heavy rain halted the Moto2 race with 14 laps to go. As the winner, Italian Doni Arbolino scored half the points ahead of Spaniards Aaron Canet and Fermin Aldeguire. Pedro Acosta, the clear world championship leader, finished ninth from Spain.

The Moto3 race was complete, with Turkish Deniz Öncü winning ahead of Japan’s Ayumu Sasaki and Australian Joel Kelso. In the World Cup standings, Sasaki is four points behind Spain’s Jauma Masia.