COTA starts track resurfacing after criticism from F1 and MotoGP

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Photo credit: ROBYN BECK - Getty Images
Photo credit: ROBYN BECK - Getty Images

The Circuit of the Americas in Austin has started efforts to address serious problems with the track surface ahead of the 2022 season.

Extreme bumps due to a sinking sub-surface have been a problem for Formula 1 at COTA for some years, but it’s the complaints from MotoGP that motivated the track to act.

Franco Uncini, MotoGP's safety director, says he asked for a full resurfacing ahead of the 2022 race - with some riders reportedly threatening to boycott the event if the situation isn't vastly improved.

"They say there's no time, probably no money, I don't know," Uncini said. "Anyway, they cannot do a complete resurface."

The Circuit of the Americas has, however, just completed a partial "large-scale" resurfacing, covering the biggest problem areas between turns 2-10 and 12-16. Additionally, organizers announced that a "concrete pad to reinforce the areas at Turns 2 and 10 has been built".

A statement read: "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 were used to map the track and identify the different repairs needed.

"COTA also worked with contractors to ensure the new asphalt and concrete foundations were even and flush, creating an ideal track for upcoming races and events."