Barcelona to tweak T12 run-off, resurface track
22 November 2017 – Officials at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya have approved minor revisions to the circuit for 2018, including a resurfacing of the track, and extended run-off through the penultimate complex.
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is home to Formula 1 winter testing and the Spanish Grand Prix, as well as MotoGP's Catalan Grand Prix, and it is the latter that has prompted changes.
Moto2 rider Luis Salom sustained fatal injuries during a practice crash in 2016, and the series adopted the chicane used by Formula 1, and an unpopular variant, in the wake of his incident.
Organisers at the venue have confirmed that the run-off at Turn 13 will be extended from 104 metres to 124 metres at corner entry, facilitated by a grandstand being moved.
The entire run-off will be filled with gravel, following a request by the FIM (motorcycle racing's governing body), enabling MotoGP to once again use the pre-chicane layout.
However, MotoGP will continue to use Formula 1's tighter radius Turn 10 complex, which was introduced in 2004, and used by the premier class in the wake of Salom's accident in 2016.
The circuit will also be resurfaced, following complaints from MotoGP riders over the bumpy nature of the track, with the work set to be undertaken in January.
The changes have received approval by the FIA.