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Catalunya MotoGP to keep F1-style layout

Catalunya will continue to use an F1-style layout for future MotoGP events, with one small modification compared to 2016.
Catalunya will continue to use an F1-style layout for future MotoGP events.

MotoGP switched to the slower layout after the tragic death of Luis Salom, who fell and then followed his bike into the airfence at the penultimate corner during Friday practice for this year's Moto2 event.

The F1 layout uses a chicane as its penultimate turn, plus a slower corner at the end of the back straight, both due to run-off concerns.

MotoGP is to continue using the F1 sections, albeit with a modified chicane - the new motorcycle chicane being placed further away from the final corner.

The new layout will have a length of 4,652 metres. The necessary track work will be carried in January, in order to have everything ready for February.








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Oli

December 15, 2016 9:59 AM

Such a shame that a freak accident that had nothing to do with circuit design (tragic as it was) has meant that MotoGP has lost two of the best corners on the circuit. Kneejerk F1 style over reaction.

Smiler

December 15, 2016 4:31 PM

Guna4699 Its a great idea to put the trap under the stand but I don't think you can there. I have been to the GP for the last couple of years and by coincidence that is the stand we have watched from. When we got there for the first time we were surprised by how little runoff there was we commented on it straight away before any track action had started. Dont get me wrong we loved the corner and in the first year there were not any issues. The problem they have in that area is that there is very little room behind the stand to create extra runoff before you reach the outer boundary of the circuit grounds. Even if you wanted to leave the grand stand where it is and put runoff under it you would have to cantilever it to remove the structure from the new runoff which means a structure behind the stand. There is just not enough space for that and the walkway you need (no other way to get through that part of the circuit. Although far from ideal I think the solution they have come up with



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