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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