The Jerez circuit has potentially found a new solution for the issue of racers exceeding track limits with a €150,000 track refurbishment program – but the aggressive new kerbs installed around the circuit have created controversy and fears for MotoGP’s next visit in 2024.
The extensive works, which according to public documents published by the council-owned circuit cost €145,551 to install, come as part of a four-week renovation project coincides with news that the track has signed a contract extension with MotoGP promoters Dorna for two more seasons.
Installed at all turns of the 2.7-mile circuit except for Turns 2, 8 and 13, a social media post from the circuit showed off the work as well as confirming that the kerbs are in compliance with the new ‘Misano 200’ specification recently added to the FIM’s track homologation manual. They were first used at a limited number of corners at the San Marino Grand Prix venue.
However while the kerb design, which features an aggressive triangular pattern reminiscent of a Toblerone bar as you approach the edge of them, might be within compliance of the rules, their appearance has sparked controversy among fans due to the viscous nature of the design.
That may be, according to experts spoken to by The Race, because of the way in which they’ve been installed, with one person with experience of the situation suggesting that the addition of the kerbs may not be in compliance with the championship specifications, or that further work to finish the kerb installation is needed before the circuit is re-homologated.
Jerez has been one of a number of MotoGP circuits where track limit violations have become notable in recent years, with race organisers trying to find a variety of solutions to ensure racers don’t gain an advantage for straying onto what would have been in the past grass – a practice largely eliminated and replaced with asphalt to try and improve safety.
It’s also believed by The Race’s sources that the new kerb design won’t be limited to just Jerez, however, with the Lusail International Circuit in Qatar reportedly set to see a substantial number added as part of their currently ongoing renovation works. Those works should be complete before Formula 1 visits the circuit for a second time later this year.