A wave of torrential rain washed across Qatar’s Losail circuit just minute before the MotoGP field was due to set out for its warm up lap. Judging that conditions were too hazardous to proceed, officials canceled the race. There’s a slim chance the first race of the season could be rescheduled for tomorrow, but international TV scheduling, the fierce desert heat that would confront a day race and travel schedules — many of the teams and support crews have already checked out of their hotels — appear to be colluding to prevent it. We’ll keep you updated.
Update: The race will be run at 9pm local time, 1pm EST.