The Circuit of the Americas has renovated numerous portions of its course in response to criticism leveled at the Austin facility by Formula 1 and MotoGP last year.
American MotoGP back last year was marred by a pre-race controversy, with many riders complaining after the first day of practice about the numerous bumps in the route that was a compromise to their safety.
Despite COTA’s short-term cure of submitting the bumps to a grinding process prior to the event, a full-fledged rider rebellion was prevented, but the worries were echoed a few weeks later when F1’s drivers took to the course.
As MotoGP returns to COTA in April, a major resurfacing program has begun that should smooth out the track from Turn 2 to Turn 10 and at Turns 12 and 16.
“For the last few weeks, the track has undergone a large-scale resurfacing initiative,” COTA said in a statement.
“COTA worked with consultants to review asphalt designs and diagnose the parts of the track in need of resurfacing.”
“Ground penetration radar and laser mapping equipment and software was used to map the track and identify the different repairs needed.”
“From there, COTA worked to repave Turns 2-10 and 12-16 and build a concrete pad to reinforce the areas at Turn 2 and 10.
“Additionally, COTA worked with contractors to ensure the new asphalt and concrete foundations were even and flush, creating an ideal track for upcoming races and events.”
Since 2012, Formula 1 has raced at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, and the event – which will be canceled in 2020 because to the global pandemic – has established itself as one of the sport’s most popular events. The United States Grand Prix will be held on October 22 this year.