Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (Montmeló)- Charlie Whiting, FIA Director of Formula One, and Franco Uncini, FIM Safety Officer, have approved the changes carried out on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya track, namely: the enlargement of the run-off are at Turn 13 of the MotoGP™ layout and the reasphalting of the track.
Whiting and Uncini have expressed their gratitude for the performed actions and have congratulated the Circuit for the work done, the aim of which was to find a balance between both race disciplines. Now that the representatives of both federations have expressed their satisfaction the Catalan racetrack gets ready to resume the activity on the track on Saturday. The works that forced to stop all track activity during January are coming to an end with the finishing touches: the installation of timing antennas, restitution of green areas, painting of kerbs and white lines, etc.
The Formula One World Championship will be testing the changes in late February during the Formula One Test Days, while the motorcycles will be doing the same in late May, one month before the staging of the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, with two test days.
The changes that were made to the Catalan racetrack in order to comply with the requirements of the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) with the aim of improving safety, and which were agreed on with the International Automobile Federation (FIA), consisted in the enlargement of the run-off area in Turn 13 of the MotoGP™ layout (former Turn 12), as well as the reasphalting of the complete track.