MotoGP Race Direction have announced that they will conduct a two-day test at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 22nd and 23rd to assess the new asphalt that has been laid ahead of the 2018 race.
The track resurfacing is one of a number of improvements that are being made to the circuit in January, which were necessary in order for it to remain a regular venue on the MotoGP calendar. The 2018 race is scheduled for 15th – 17th June.
As well as resurfacing the track, there will also be modifications to what used to be Turn 12 with the run off area broadened with the aim of improving safety. In order to facilitate this, parts of Grandstand C will be moved as well as the whole of Grandstand H in order to carry out the works.
The modifications mean that the previously used right hand penultimate corner will once again be used, reverting from the F1 chicane which has been used in recent years.
Track changes at Catalunya have been discussed extensively since the tragic death of Luis Salom in 2016, with the concrete run off area believed to be a factor in that incident. It was previously thought that moving the grandstands was not possible to modify the corner, however this has been overcome to allow changes to be made for both the safety of riders and spectators.