MotoGP to use modified Formula 1 layout at Barcelona

MotoGP will race on a modified version of Barcelona’s Formula 1 layout for the 2017 Catalunya Grand Prix.

All three world championship classes switched configuration during the 2016 event in June, following the death of Moto2 rider Luis Salom after an accident during Friday practice.

That change was from the circuit preferred by MotoGP to the F1 layout, with an earlier Turn 10 hairpin and bypassing Turn 12 where Salom crashed in favour of a chicane complex before the final corner.

From that interim measure, which also included removing a wall and painting new kerbs on the asphalt to act as track limits, a full-time solution has been reached.

The Turn 10 hairpin will remain and riders will navigate a chicane late in the lap, but new Turns 14 and 15 will be built in January, before corners F1 uses and with slightly more-open profiles.