Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – From 3 to 5 June, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya hosts the 7th race of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship. 4,727 meters long, the track has 8 right turns and 5 left. It has a main straight of 1,047 meters long. For the first time in this season the fastest motorcycles can reach 350 km/h.
The detached, all decided and very close together, cause very high operating temperatures for Brembo ventilated carbon discs and pads, which remain effective even at temperatures close to 800 degrees. Track temperatures create a difficulty higher than the average for brake cooling. According to Brembo engineers, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya falls into the class of the most challenging circuits for brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, the index of difficulty is 5. The similarity score has the Motegi and Sepang’s circuit, which will host the GP in autumn.
Moto GP: brake engagement in the Circuit de Barcelona
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is a very technical track with heavy braking. The brakes are very stressed. In 5 curves, the pilots cut the speed from below 100 km/h. The 10 unshackled have a total time spent braking by about 13 minutes during the entire race. The mean fully developed deceleration of the GP is equal to 1.14 g, lower than undergoing the F1 on the same track (the only difference is a curve in the final stretch). Deceleration undergoing pilots are in line with the characteristics of the vehicles they drive. Adding up all the forces exerted by a pilot on the brake lever in the entire GP, the value exceeds 12 tons, i.e. the weight of over 170 hams jamon iberico.
Toughest braking in the Grand Prix of Barcelona – Catalunya 2016
Of the braking Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, one curve is classified as highly demanding for the brakes. 7 are of medium difficulty and 2 are light. Braking Elf curve (curve 1) is considered one of the world’s toughest unplug. It is preceded by a straight line of more than a kilometer. The motorcycles reach over 340 km/h and the pilots hold back in 5.1 seconds with a pressure on the lever to 7.7 kg and 13.3 pressure bars to set the curve at 91 mph