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MotoGP Austria: Red Bull Ring changed due to safety concerns

Safety modifications made to final turn at the Red Bull Ring ahead of this weekend's MotoGP.
The final turn of the Red Bull Ring has been modified on the eve of this weekend's Austrian MotoGP round.

Following last month's private test, FIM Safety Officer Franco Uncini discussed the layout with riders from the Safety Commission and it was agreed to reduce the width of Turn 10 from 13 to 10 metres - thus lowering the speed when exiting the corner.

Turn 10 had been one of several areas highlighted by riders for its lack of run-off space. Turn 3 and Turn 8 were also mentioned.

Due to the corner change, lap times are unlikely to be as fast as recorded during the private test. That also means that the circuit may not now become the fastest on the calendar, having been set to exceed the average speed at Phillip Island.

Austria is hosting its first motorcycle grand prix since 1997.

By Peter McLaren





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Harris27

August 11, 2016 3:09 PM

SoSlo:
Harris27: This was clearly done by Honda to stop a Ducati win... Dirty tricks, Dirty....... (hopefully that came across as a joke!)
ducati "win" is a hilarious joke!
Lets hope not... Lets hope in the next few years we will have a number of bikes at the front.

TrueFan

August 11, 2016 5:33 PM

It's usually better to fix a problem before someone pays the price for it rather than waiting. I'm looking forward to watching some racing again. It's been a long few weeks. It will be interesting to see how the new tyres Michelin have produced after the test go, and whether the riders having tyre issues get any benefit.



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