The Istanbul Otodrom track was finished earlier this year and successfully inaugurated by the F1 circus, but this coming weekend the MotoGP stars will be let lose on the new venue.
The circuit is one of Herman Tilke's creations, the famous designer who also created the Sepang, Bahrain and Shanghai tracks. It can seat 130.000 spectators and is situated in the Asian part of Turkey, about 80 km's east from Istanbul.
The track runs anti clockwise and is 5378 metres long with an average width of 15 m. It consists of 14 corners of which six are right turns and eight are to the left.
The first part of the circuit is tight and technical, while the second part is open and fast featuring a backside straight with what looks to be a very exciting high speed kink in it.
The riders are then slowed down by a chicane before they hit the relatively short 655.5m start and finish straight. Interestingly, the track runs over four level sections with rising and descending grades.
With a new tack and not knowing what to expect both Valentino Rossi
and Colin Edwards
will attack the race with a different base set-up on each bike.
The bikes will start with a neutral setting enabling to experiment with various set-up direction. During Friday the crew and rider will then decide which machine feels most comfortable and will then start to make changes to come up with the ideal setting for the race.