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Austria's Red Bull Ring set to be MotoGP’s fastest circuit

Average speed around the Red Bull Ring higher than any circuit on present MotoGP calendar.
Austria's Red Bull Ring is set to become the fastest circuit on the MotoGP calendar.

Andrea Iannone covered the 4.326km track in a best lap time of 1m 23.240s during this week's private test, attended by all teams except Repsol Honda and Tech 3 Yamaha.

That means Iannone set an average speed of 187.1km/h (116.3mph), which would exceed the 182.1km/h (113.2mph) official pole lap record at Phillip Island.

Both circuits are almost exactly the same length, but the Red Bull Ring consists of just ten corners (7 right and 3 left) and Phillip Island twelve (5 right and 7 left). However, Phillip Island has a 900m main straight compared with 626m for Austria.

The Austrian race weekend, the first since 1997, will take place from August 12-14.

Barry Sheene set the fastest motorcycle GP lap of all-time with an average speed of 220.7km/h (137.1 mph) at the 1977 Belgium Grand Prix.

By Peter McLaren


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reinmacre

July 22, 2016 3:19 PM

As Casey Stoner said, "You can't have a more picturesque setting." Throw in the fact that it's the fastest average speed circuit and you have the ingredients for a heck of a race next month. Can't wait.



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