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Mexico Grand Prix. Have MotoGP bosses lost the plot?

MotoGP bosses apparently told riders in the Safety Commission on Friday night at Brno that the Mexico City street circuit would be included on the 2019 calendar.

The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is used by F1, it’s in a public park - much like the Australia and Canada rounds of F1 - and has some parts that are entirely unsuitable for MotoGP. At 2285m above sea level, the bikes are going to be wheezing harder than the Marlboro man before he died from lung cancer.

Barriers and walls, which are not so much of an issue when you’re surrounded by a carbon monocoque and a halo to stop your head being forcibly removed, are the biggest problem at the track. Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi says it is dangerous and is not at all keen on the idea.


We watched the below onboard video with a BSB competitor and he said thus: “Turn one is OK, turns two and three dangerous, turn four OK, turn five dangerous, turns six and seven dangerous, turn eight dangerous, turn nine marginal, turns ten and 11 OK, turns 12-16 dangerous.”

Some history:

Built in a public park in 1962, the circuit hosted its first Formula One Grand Prix the same year, as a non-Championship race. The following year the Mexican Grand Prix became a full World Championship event. The circuit remained part of the F1 calendar through 1970, when spectator overcrowding caused unsafe conditions.

When the track re-opened in 1986, the circuit boasted a new pit complex, as well as improved safety all around. In 2001 D3 Motorsport Development was tasked with revamping the circuit. A complete redesign and upgrade of the circuit took place which saw a record crowd of 402,413 people attend a round of the CART Championship. As of 2014, the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez has been the only venue for the F1 Mexican Grand Prix.

It was announced in May 2012, that the circuit would again host the Mexican Grand Prix from 2013, in a five-year deal that would see it replace the European Grand Prix in Valencia, but this did not happen. The FIA listed the Mexican Grand Prix as the 19th round of the provisional schedule for the 2014 season, but it was not on the finalized schedule. The Mexican Grand Prix was listed on the 2015 Formula One calendar published by the FIA on 3 December 2014, with Formula One making its return to the circuit with the race on 1 November 2015.

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