Bumps still an issue at COTA as MotoGP weekend approaches in Circuit of the Americas (CoTA) Posted May 22, 2019 · Report reply By the way, the bump issue was even worse than the riders expected... The track's in bad shape. Riders this year talked about bumps forcing their butts off their seats and their feet getting knocked off the pegs at high speed on the back straight. Then there was Aleix Espargaro, who broke both lock stops at over 200 mph: Here's Espargaro & Danilo Petrrucci after Friday practice this year. They aren't talking about ripples in the braking zone. Quote The real danger is in the straight, the Spaniard feared. “In the straight in sixth gear it’s super difficult to maintain the throttle open. It’s very dangerous and we are one-by-one. I don’t want to think about what’s going to happen in the race.” He had broken both steering lock stops down the back straight, as the front end shook violently, he said. Danilo Petrucci agreed with Aleix Espargaro. “I think this doesn’t reach the standard for a MotoGP track,” he said after FP1. “I mean, it’s unbelievable why we are riding here.” “The track and the circuit in general is unbelievable in a positive sense, but the asphalt is unbelievable in a negative sense. It’s a shame, because it could be very, very much faster, but you have to ride trying to deal with the bumps.” Isle of Man vs. Circuit of the Americas The bumps were now so bad that he could not keep the throttle pinned down the back straight, the factory Ducati rider said. “The main problem is that we checked the data from last year, and in some parts we were able to keep the throttle open, this year it is impossible. The risk is that on that part, you change gear, and if you hit the limiter when the bike jumps, when the rear tire jumps, and if you hit the limiter too much, the problem is that you can break your engine.” This is the part that COTA should be most worried about - how quickly the track has become so bumpy. Rossi & Jack Miller: Quote "The track itself is not that old, as Vale says," Pramac's Jack Miller added. "We go to many tracks on the calendar that have a lot more years on them and are not that bumpy. "But the track was bumpy, especially the back straight, and then last year they ground it down and the bumps actually became bigger and longer. So I'm interested to see if the work for this year is an improvement or if it's just trying to patch another job and not that great." Dovizioso: It's bumpy everywhere. Not sure if it can be fixed without a total rebuild... Quote "I'm worried it's not possible to really fix the problem that exists with the track. And that is very bad because I think it's one of the most beautiful tracks in our championship," said the Ducati rider. "The problem is there are bumps everywhere and with the bike it’s very difficult to ride. Not just to be fast. Looks like the asphalt or the dirt under the asphalt moves almost everywhere. So it's difficult to fix if you don’t make a completely new preparation, I think."