Silverstone’s new-for-2018 track surface has deteriorated considerably since it was first laid, FIM Safety Officer Franco Uncini has claimed after the cancellation of MotoGP’s British Grand Prix.
Race director Mike Webb said the fresh asphalt was directly responsible for Sunday’s race being called off, as it failed to drain properly on a day marked by persistent rain, leaving an unsafe amount of standing water on-track.
Formula 1 drivers first drew attention to the new surface being worse than the one it replaced during their visit to Silverstone in July, with multiple MotoGP riders expressing their discontent with the state of the track’s bumps after Friday practice.
Uncini was asked in a special press conference on Sunday about the condition of the track when he first visited it to homologate it in February, and the 1982 500cc champion said there were no issues – and that the surface therefore must have degraded in the interim.
“I came when the new asphalt was laid down, at the end of February,” recalled Uncini. “At the time I did an inspection and the tarmac looked very good, in terms of bumps, connections and also grip.
“It was confirmed by Cal Crutchlow who did a test on a bike one month later, he said it was a little bumpy and the circuit reacted and then adjusted these bumps."
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