After France and Italy, MotoGP returns to Spain for the Catalan motorcycle Grand Prix, the 7th appointment of the 2018 World Championships, held from 15 to 17 June at the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya.
Of the 4 Iberian matches, this is the real home race for Maverick Viñales, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, who grew up only a few miles from the track. The first stone of the circuit was laid in February 1989 and the track was inaugurated on September 10, 1991 with a car race of the Spanish Tourism Championship.
Class 500 took to the track in 1992 and 4 editions of the GP Europe were disputed there, which later adopted the current name of Catalan motorcycle Grand Prix. With a length 4,727 meters, it has 5 curves to the left and 8 to the right and boasts a main straight of 1,047 meters.
Given the layout, in the past the Grand Prix motorcycles have set numerous speed records. From 2017, after modifications to turns 14 and 15, the Grand Prix motorcycles will use the same layout as Formula 1.
Except for the long straight, all decelerations are sharp and in rapid succession. The asphalt temperature is particularly high and causes brake cooling problems. Therefore, the work temperatures of carbon discs and pads are rather high during the GP: However, thanks to Brembo's investment in materials and production processes over the past decade, the braking system is also fully effective at temperatures close to 800 degrees.