Indianapolis Motor Speedway has confirmed that a 'new-look' circuit layout will be used for its MotoGP event.
The revisions mainly involve the opening-up of some corners and are highlighted in yellow.Unlike the new IndyCar round
and previous F1 events, MotoGP will continue to race in an anti-clockwise direction. The IndyCar grand prix will also avoid using Turns 4 and 11 of the MotoGP circuit.
The previous MotoGP layout and new Indycar configuration can be seen in the pictures section below.
Next August's race will be the seventh consecutive MotoGP round at Indianapolis and the final year of the present contract. However with California's Laguna Seca dropping off the calendar and the new Indianapolis circuit revisions, which will include a complete infield resurfacing, a further contract looks assured.
"The MotoGP World Championship has added greatly to the diversity and excitement at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since the inaugural event in 2008, and we're thrilled to welcome back the greatest riders on Earth to the Racing Capital of the World next August," said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president.
"The changes we're making to our road course will create even closer, faster competition for our fans at this unique, fun event that has become a vital part of our annual racing schedule."
IMS officials worked with series organiser Dorna Sports and governing body FIM to create the 16-turn, 2.645-mile circuit featuring new turn configurations and braking zones, aimed at creating more passing opportunities.
The entire infield section of the circuit will also be resurfaced to create a more uniform, smooth racing surface. This was needed to address criticism from riders of the varying grip levels caused by the different types of asphalt previously in place.