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Assen upgrades on schedule

Assen upgrades on schedule

Assen upgrades on schedule

IRTA representative Franco Uncini was joined by officials from the FIM and Dorna last week in a visit to the TT Circuit Assen, where major rebuilding work is underway on the legendary track.

Modifications have been taking place since September 2001, with the paddock area now enlarged and the former main straight Veenslang (from Strubben-corner to Stekkenwal), some 50 metres further to the east. The Veenslang straight is actually no longer so, thanks to some added corners and an S-bend on top of the newly built 60 metre long two-lane tunnel, which connects the paddock with the main entrance-road. Another change has been made at the southern most part of the track at Mandeveen and Duikersloot, with the two corners moved some 10 metres further inwards to enlarge the run-off area and gravelbeds.

Unicini was pleased with the progress made so far at the Dutch venue. ´The TT Circuit Assen have done a very good job,´ he said. ´The only extra we would like to be done is a larger gravelbed as planned at the end of the Strubben corner.´ This modification is expected to be completed before the first race at ´new´ Assen in April. The inspectors also checked out four types of tarmac compounds, and their unanimous decision will be covering 75% of the new track layout by the time most of the changes are completed in mid-March.

Assen officials have scheduled two testing days at the new 6.027 metre layout for those GP teams who nominated the circuit as one of their test tracks. These teams will have the opportunity to lap on the 5th and 6th June, in preparation for the Dutch TT on the 29th of the same month.

500cc, 2001

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