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Suzuka track and facility renovations completed

Suzuka track and facility renovations completed

Suzuka track and facility renovations completed

Major renovation work which has been underway at the Suzuka Circuit for the past year has finally been completed just weeks ahead of the opening race of the 2002 MotoGP World Championship season on April 7. Finishing touches to the relocation and modification of the Dunlop Corner as well as media and spectator facility upgrades have marked the end of a project initiated in December 2000 and carried out in time for IRTA testing sessions for the MotoGP teams on the 30th and 31st March.

Work at the Japanese venue has been centred in three areas: improvement of spectator services, safety enhancements over the entire racing track and improvement of service functions for all participants and the media. The first stage of renovation, which covered the spectators' area, paddock and S-curve was completed in March 2001. Since then the focus switched to the complicated relocation of the Dunlop corner, a sweeping uphill left-hander.

The corner has been shifted further to the left, allowing the runoff area on the outside of the track to be widened from 12 to 25 metres. The slope has also been moderated, improving visibility into the corner and allowing riders to pass through at higher speeds. Previous lap records are set to become obsolete as the overall track length has been reduced by 38.13m to 5.821km.

500cc, 2001

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