MotoGP may face another event-altering problem this weekend at Motegi, and it won't involve Bridgestone tires.
Typhoon Francisco is raging in the Western Pacific with sustained winds of 160 mph, ranked as the third-strongest cyclone of 2013. The storm is expected to weaken and hit eastern Japan by Friday, lashing out with winds of 50-plus mph winds and heavy rain, which could alter the schedule of the opening day of the Grand Prix of Japan.
Flooding is expected. It's a painful combination punch for Japan, which was inundated last week by Typhoon Wipha. Flooding from that storm killed 18 people.