MOTOGP RIDERS SLAM BARCELONA CIRCUIT ALTERATIONS

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A number of MotoGP riders have expressed their dislike for the revisions made to the layout of the Barcelona circuit at a test at the track this week.

Following the tragic death of Moto2 rider Luis Salom during practice for last year’s event, the MotoGP field agreed to run on the alternate Turn 10 and the chicane before the final corner used by Formula 1 as a temporary safety precaution.

However, after discussions had in the Safety Commission, it was agreed to continue using the revised layout of Turn 10 for future races as the barrier at the end of the gravel trap was too close and could not be moved back.

The riders also agreed to carry on using the F1 chicane at the end of the lap, though a new one was installed slightly further back to increase run-off and allow riders to enter pit lane without cutting across the racing line.

Much of the field has had the opportunity to test the new chicane this week, and while they all agree safety is paramount, feedback on the new section of track has been largely negative.

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