MotoGP Safety Commission – The MotoGP Safety Commission studies how continues to use the traditional circuit in Montmelo, without the chicane of F1. It would enlarge the escape route of the turn 12. Franco Uncini, a former world champion in the 500 and now safety officer for the IMF, will make a proposal to increase security in the plot area of Montmelo, where Luis Salom died.
Some riders prefer to continue using the traditional drawing (without the chicane of F1, which was used after the tragedy of Salom) and others think it’s too dangerous. The Uncini’s idea, together with those in charge of the circuit, is to do everything possible to preserve the layout, but with some changes. First, he would expand the escape route of turn 12. But it would have to move the wall. A condition that would require to break down the grandstand, behind which there is the road. “The intention is to go back to the old layout with a number of changes.” said Uncini. However, he gives not too many details. “It seems entirely possible, but then the solutions we propose have a cost and are not always realizable“.
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“Safety has to come first, but it seems that they are determined to keep the old circuit. Although it requires a lot of changes. I’m thinking that we should use the chicane of F1, touching just a wall.“said Marc Marquez. Not so for Jorge Lorenzo, the 2015 world champion. “Marc was one of those who had tried the circuit for F1 two years ago. He had discarded it. After the tragedy of Luis, now he realizes that the circuit is dangerous. I think that you could extend the escape route and anticipate the gravel. This kind of misfortunes doesn’t happen anymore.”
Aside from the desire of one or the other, on both sides it has been agreed that there is no hurry and that nothing will be done before the end of the year, due to the high use of the structure. Also, there is no plan to resurface the circuit (the cost would be about three million), as proposed by Valentino Rossi, unless the FIM request it.