FIM Grand Prix Safety Officer Franco Uncini visited the Circuit of the Americas this week in Austin, performing a final inspection of the track before its first MotoGP race in April.
Uncini requested a few final finishing touches to the racetrack, such as modifications to barrier openings, additional air fences and removal of some curbs. But 1982 500cc World Champion Uncini was impressed with the rolling, 20-turn, 3.427-mile circuit.
"I like Circuit of the Americas, and the facilities are really impressive," Uncini said. "It's picturesque, modern, technical, difficult, challenging and interesting. We should be seeing some good races in April because the corners allow for no respite for the riders and should deliver plenty of overtaking.
"The tour we've done this week was to polish over some safety details, as the homologation of the circuit had already been completed. We are confident the event will run smoothly because we are working with highly professional people who enjoyed a great debut last season with Formula One."
One of the newest members of the staff at Austin is a familiar face to Uncini - senior vice president and general manager (and MotoGP fan) Mel Harder, who recently joined COTA after serving as the longtime boss at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Harder worked with Uncini during homologation of the IMS track for the inaugural MotoGP race there in 2008 and at every Indy MotoGP through last summer.