Bradley Smith reserved strong words for the Circuit of Catalunya during the seventh round of the 2017 season, stating it is the only venue on the current MotoGP calendar that is not responding to rider or organiser requests.

The circuit was under the microscope last weekend, as riders were highly critical of the aged, greasy track surface- last resurfaced well over ten years ago -, which offered up next to no grip and left several leading names baffled.

Then there was the issue with the revised final sector; so slow and hokey was the redesigned final chicane, the Safety Commission, which met on Friday evening, decided to revert to the F1 layout, used by the Grand Prix classes in 2016, for the qualifying and race days.

Several riders opined the circuit was now not at the required to level to host a MotoGP race, with Smith perhaps the most forthright. Speaking on Friday, the KTM rider that missed the race due to injuring a little finger in a nasty FP4 spill felt Friday's layout, with the tighter chicane was the safest option available.

"It's safer than what we had during the race last year, but it's not the perfect solution. But until the circuit do the grandstands, cut some trees down, do some landfill, what can you do," he asked.

"Hopefully we won't come [back]. That's finally what it comes down to. This is the only track on the calendar that's not actually reacting to Safety Commission/rider/organiser's requests.

"So at some point, you have to give them an ultimatum, and I think that this is the last year that they'll be in that situation. We have enough people that want us to go race there, we don't have to come here. New tarmac is something we've been asking for a couple of years."

It is believed the Circuit of Catalunya will be resurfaced some time in the near future. Meanwhile, Joan Fontser?, director of the Circuit of Catalunya, responded to some of the criticisms aimed at the track.

In an interview with Spanish sports daily AS, Fontser? was critical of series organiser Dorna and the FIM for not making the private test at the Montmel? venue compulsory for all teams and riders to attend.

"We carried out the project that was requested and then you get to Friday and they asked us to change back. You wonder what you have done. We've been working a year just to finish in the same place," he said.

"I'm surprised that 15 days before there were some tests and all of them [teams and riders] did not come, when the circuit has been changed, and no one was there to supervise," he told AS.

It was widely perceived that the circuit was unable to retain the original layout and move back the trackside barriers because of the required costs to do so.

However, Fontser? insisted, "it's not an issue of money, but of execution when complying with safety measures. We've done what the FIM and Dorna asked us to do on the basis of what was agreed in the Safety Commission."

By Neil Morrison

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Assen is much better than catalunya track, even when they had truck racing...
motogp riders never complain about the Assen track...
therefore, catalunya must try to improved to maintain better surface for bikes etc.

A kart style track with the Follow the leadwr layout. MotoGp should choose better circuits. With sand instead F1 runways

probably one of the most exciting places to watch a motogp race so I hope they get it fixed and soon...

but with Dorna trying to push 20 races a year and 3 new tracks ready to go
it wont be hard to replace.

an when is not about money lol

Kind of embarrassing for Smith, besides his injured digit it must be painful to put your foot in your mouth in Catalunya.

The ripples in the track, which were unsettling the bikes on corner entry, are not there by design. It is the F1 cars literally moving the surface of the track causing these ripples. A similar thing happened on a road nearby on a slight downhill with corner where the surface had rucked up creating lumps across the road about an inch high. On a bike going over 50, you got a big thump and the bike wobbled. Hitting a similar lump on a race track at 150+ with rock hard suspension is simply dangerous.

motogp needs to get rid of a couple of current tracks to fit the new ones in and this has just risen to number 1 on the hit list. Good.

In Montmelo resurfacing shouldn't be a problem, the problem is the layout. If they can agree with F1 to have gravel in turn 14 run off and the riders agree it’s enough, it maybe an option. But if they need to move walls back then it’ll be difficult because there’s no room and it’s a big engineering project I doubt it will get done for next year.

Shark 22: Assen is much better than catalunya track, even when they had truck racing...
motogp riders never complain about the Assen track...
therefore, catalunya must try to improved to maintain better surface for bikes etc.[\blockquote]

They never complain about Assen? Everybody hated when they cut the north loop in Assen, it was one of the saddest things to see that happen, and they didn't even did it for safety, can't even compare that to changing one corner in Montmelo, But in the end it is the same story for all of the old european fast circuits, they were designed for slower bikes, and they are becoming unsuitable. Mugello is another one, the wall were Miller crashed and the wall on the straight where Marquez crash in 2013 are too close, but it hasn't been moved because there's no room, it's similar situation to Montmelo, but it's a matter of time, and sooner of later will need to be changed too, and everyone will complain too.

In Montmelo resurfacing shouldn't

I for one always look forward to the Spanish GP round. I think Catalunya is already a classic venue and the layout is very good. Some of the criticism is probably valid though.

speedbegger: i'm sure there are under-performing riders that will not be back to this circuit...[\blockquote]
My oh my speedbugger, you really are consistent, a couple of years and one post.

Went to the MotoGP there in 2016 and thought it was fantastic (apart from Luis Salom accident of course) ok the track needs resurfacing and other safety issues need to be dealt with but the layout itself is absolutely brilliant with wonderful array of different types of corners, the views from the seating areas around turns 11,12,13 are tremendous, also getting to and from the circuit is easy if your based in Barcelona, I for one hope they do get all the concerns sorted and the resurfacing completed as I would love to see it continue as a venue, if so I will definitely be returning