The 2023 season opener this weekend, which is able to function the primary Dash race, is happening in Portimao the place riders have for years complained in regards to the dimension of the chunks of gravel surrounding the circuit, likening them to “boulders”.
Fabio di Giannantonio suffered a concussion after crashing throughout pre-season testing at Portimao, leaving Aleix Espargaro livid that the drivers’ considerations weren’t addressed.
However “dozens of vehicles” distributing regulation-sized gravel arrived on the circuit forward of the Portuguese MotoGP, based on Speedweek.
Turns 1 and seven, notably problematic areas, have been underneath growth.
However the identical report asks: “Are these solely beauty modifications?
The gravel modifications will likely be inspected by FIM security officers in the course of this week, earlier than the season-opening grand prix.
Images of the brand new gravel in Portimao
Espargaro remained livid after seeing Di Giannantonio dominated out on the ultimate day of pre-season with a gravel concussion: “I do not wish to discuss it anymore, we have been speaking about it for 4 years and nobody is listening. we have now stated it many instances.
“What do MotoGP riders do when they don’t seem to be listened to by officers? What am I purported to do? I am unable to do something.
“We will specific our emotions, nothing extra.”
Keith Huewen stated on the Crash.web MotoGP podcast: “Rocks are the dimensions of half a brick, when they need to be 8-20mm. There’s a graded facet of gravel which ought to be in runoff areas Portimao has development bricks within the gravel!