After extensive renovations and tarmac resurfacing work at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) from February to May of last year, problems with drainage and water retention emerged at certain sections of the track during MotoGP tyre testing in July. Speaking to gpone.com, member of MotoGP Race Direction and former MotoGP racer Loris Capirossi said despite remedial works, problems arose during the previous MotoGP in October.

“Some work has been done in recent months, with additional drains added among other things, but unfortunately this hasn’t brought the desired results,” said Capirossi. According to the report, SIC already has a plan in place to remedy this issue, despite the renovations being part of an RM1.13 billion masterplan to upgrade the circuit over the next five to seven years.

Capirossi said work will begin in June and July. “First the asphalt will be subjected to a specific treatment already used on the runways at Kuala Lumpur International Airport with positive results,” he said.

“During August Franco Uncini and I will come here to check that the situation has been resolved,” continued Capirossi. Other measures that could be taken include full resurfacing of the track, although this would mean the circuit would not be ready for the Malaysian edition the MotoGP in October.

At the current moment, MotoGP riders and other racers will have to cope with time lost due to the existing situation, which could result in poor testing conditions. “For now there is no plan to make up for this lost time, but we are always ready to evaluate any request received from the teams,” Capirossi said.