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Old Apr 18th 2018, 12:38 PM   #1
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Track condition at COTA? Mandatory Pit Stops ?!!

This has been posted on MCN: Anyone any first hand experience? Mandatory pitstops would be disappointing..

This weekendís American Grand Prix could throw a spanner into the works for race organisers as they remain on knife edge to see what sort of situation greets them at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas.

Riders complained twelve months ago about the bumpy surface, with Dani Pedrosa likening the surface to a Supercross race and saying he wasnít prepared to ride at the track again unless something was done about them. Built on an almost unique type of soil local to the area and known as black gumbo, the track has subsided considerably since opening in 2012, leaving it in a difficult to ride condition last year.

Itís an issue that faces road construction in the area as well, with new routes often prepared and then left to stabilise for up to a year before being completed.

To remedy those bumps, circuit staff have attempted to utilise heavy road construction planning equipment in recent weeks to uniformly sand down the track and remove them. However, thatís believed to have exposed the ultra-abrasive under-surface of the asphalt in places, leaving the track potentially highly abrasive on tyres.

Still to be properly assessed by the riders, MotoGPís safety representatives and sole tyre supplier Michelin, thereís a possibility of extreme solutions like mandatory pit stops being introduced to this weekendís event if the track is found to be not up to scratch. Any action is unlikely to come until after the opening day of action and the subsequent Friday night safety commission meeting, however.
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Old Apr 18th 2018, 03:32 PM   #2
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It’s not bad at all. These MotoGP riders are modern day prima donnas, what do they expect, a track smoother than their baby faces?
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Old Apr 18th 2018, 05:52 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Panigaleownr85 View Post
Itís not bad at all. These MotoGP riders are modern day prima donnas, what do they expect, a track smoother than their baby faces?
Nope, they need it smoother than baby butts.
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Old Apr 18th 2018, 07:35 PM   #4
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I've ridden it after they shaved it down. It's only a few places and not really in areas that you would have a high load on the side of the tire for any significant amount of time.

Probably much to do about nothing. It will need an update at some point, but it is still a world class facility regardless.

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Old Apr 19th 2018, 08:07 PM   #5
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Besides the bumps in the track, thunderstorms are forecast this weekend. Bring back Laguna Seca. Beautiful sunny weather this weekend.
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