MotoGP to host Barcelona test for riders
13 December 2017 – MotoGP's Race Direction will host an open test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in May, to enable riders to assess the new track surface.
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya came under criticism from some quarters after this year's event, with riders hitting out at the bumpy nature of the surface.
The venue hosts both MotoGP and Formula 1, with all eight days of the latter's pre-season testing taking place at the Spanish track.
Last month, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya confirmed that the entire layout will be surfaced over the winter, prior to the start of Formula 1 testing.
The MotoGP layout has also been tweaked, reverting to the old right-hander at the penultimate bend, bypassing the Formula 1 chicane, after it was also unfavoured by riders.
The return of the corner, which was disused in the wake of Luis Salom's fatal practice crash in 2016, has been facilitated by the moving of a grandstand, allowing run-off to be extended.
A two-day test, opened to all MotoGP teams, will take place on May 22/23 in order to give riders the opportunity to sample the new asphalt at the circuit.
Next year's Catalan Grand Prix is scheduled to be the seventh round of the campaign, from June 15 to 17.