Catalan GP to go ahead with revised track configuration following fatal Salom crash


MotoGP organisers confirmed Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona will go ahead despite the death of Moto 2 rider Luis Salom. 

Salom crashed during free practice on Friday and was transported to hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.

The 24-year-old lost control of his SAG Racing motorbike at the high-speed turn 12 before sliding into the barriers.

Organisers confirmed a revised track configuration will come into effect for the remainder of the weekend following consultations with Salom's family, the riders, teams and the Safety Commission.

The revised layout, used by Formula One around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, uses a tighter corner at the end of the back straight, plus a chicane before the final turn.

"In a Safety Commission meeting attended by Marc Marquez, Andrea Iannone, Pol Espargaro, Jack Miller, Bradley Smith, Alvaro Bautista, Aleix Espargaro, Andrea Dovizioso, Tito Rabat and Cal Crutchlow, it was agreed to change the configuration of the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit to race for the remainder of the event on the F1 track configuration," a MotoGP statement read.

"This layout was tested two years ago in an official MotoGP test - back then this configuration wasn't elected for use in Grand Prix racing.

"As riders will have to deal with a new track configuration, practice time will be extended with a new schedule for Saturday."

Salom, a winner of nine Moto3 races, made the switch to SAG Racing at the start of 2016 and claimed a second-place finish at the opening race of the season in Qatar.

"Today's a truly sad journey for the SAG Team family and the sports world in general. Luis left us in a corner of the circuit competing, making what he loved," team owner Eduardo Perales said in a statement. 

"For a family as we are, that enjoyed his successes and work, his smile and determination, his loss leaves a big emptiness in our hearts. Today, the SAG Team joins the sadness of his family and friends. 

"Rest in peace Luis, thanks for everything you gave us during the time we spent together, I'm sure you will keep fighting up there, we will never forget you."