The start of the Malaysian Grand Prix has been delayed by 40 minutes due to a downpour at Sepang.
The clouds had begun to darken during the preceding 125cc and 250cc races, and then the forecast storm arrived slightly early, saturating the circuit shortly after the 250cc podium.
The circuit is currently awash, but the rain has now eased and with temperatures still high, the track should dry rapidly.
Race control has now announced that the grand prix will begin at 3:40pm local time and run to its scheduled 21-lap distance.
The event could see Valentino Rossi clinch his seventh MotoGP title. Jorge Lorenzo needs to outscore his Yamaha teammate by 14 points to keep the championship open until the season finale at Valencia in two weeks.