The Autodromo Nazionale Monza circuit has had its FIM homologation taken away in the wake of claims that this year's World Superbike Championship event went ahead despite officials knowing there were issues with the track surface.
The high-speed Italian circuit has come under scrutiny in recent weeks when it was alleged that 'bubbling' asphalt at key areas of the track, including the final Parabolica bend, had emerged in the direct run up to the event.
The claims grew to suggest that circuit officials knew of the problems, yet declined to inform the FIM because they didn't feel the problem was serious. However, since the allegations, Marco Melandri has added his voice to the arguments, claiming his accident at the Parabolica at the end of the opening lap may have been due to an inadequate track surface.
Ironically, much of the Monza event would go on to be called off due to inclement weather conditions, though the news has raised doubts as to whether further accidents for John Hopkins and David Salom – which left both riders injured – was caused by the rain or the surface.
In the meantime, Gazetta dello Sport
is reporting that the FIM has stepped in to strip Monza of its homologation, but stresses it can still apply to receive a new one in time for its anticipated 2013 WSBK date provided it undergoes the necessary updates.
The loss of FIM homologation is not expected to put the upcoming Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix under threat.