Five cargo planes full of cargo took off from Lombok island last Sunday after the Indonesian Grand Prix bound for Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina for the third round of the 2022 season.
The planes landed in Mombasa, Kenya, before continuing on to South America, with some of the cargo arriving in Termas de Rio Honda on Saturday.
However, as first reported by Sky Italy and confirmed by Motorsport.com, one of the five cargo planes remains grounded in Mombasa after a technical fault was discovered on the plane.
MotoGP organizers have confirmed that repairs to the plane are in the final stages and that it will arrive in Argentina in the next few days.
But the cargo plane problem will be a headache for the Ducati factory team, as well as Gresini Racing and Valentino Rossi’s VR46 team, both of whom operate the Italian manufacturer’s machines.
It is understood that all three teams will not receive the cargo until Thursday at Termas de Rio Hondo, forcing them to make a quick turnaround to prepare their pits and bikes for Friday’s first practice session – which takes place at 10:50am local time will .
These are the only three teams affected by the cargo plane mishap.
Jack Miller motorcycle, Ducati Team
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Gresini leads the riders’ standings and heads into the third round of the season this weekend, with race winner Qatari Enea Bastianini two points ahead of KTM’s Brad Binder.
This weekend’s Argentina GP is the first in the country since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the previous two events had to be canceled due to disruptions caused by the virus.
MotoGP made its first trip to America since the pandemic began last October with the race in Texas, while two weeks ago it hosted its first Asian event since 2019 in Indonesia.
This weekend’s Argentine GP will be marked by the absence of recent winner Marc Marquez.
The Honda rider is currently recovering from a new episode of diplopia – also known as double vision – which he suffered after a monster fall during warm-up for the Indonesian GP that ruled him out of the race.