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TT Circuit Assen invests € 9 million in safety, paddock-area and new asphalt

TT Circuit Assen invests € 9 million in safety, paddock-area and new asphalt

TT Circuit Assen invests € 9 million in safety, paddock-area and new asphalt

The latest stage of development work at the TT Circuit Assen has been completed, bringing the total investment at the historic venue to € 23 million (euro) over the past three years. In 1999 the TT Circuit Assen began alterations with a new main Grandstand and Hospitality buildings. In 2000 a new Race Control tower, 34 fully equipped pit boxes, a new Media Centre and Medical Centre were built. Over this past winter period another € 9 million has been spent on modifications to the track.

Between September 2001 and April 2002 the Paddock area has been enlarged from 40,000 to 60,000 square metres, which has caused some changes to the race track at the former Veenslang and Ruskenhoek corners (between Strubben and Stekkenwal corner). This former main straight has moved some 50 metres eastwards. A brand new two-lane tunnel connects the paddock with the main entrance road and Media Accreditation / Welcome Centre.

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To create a larger run-off area and larger gravel beds at the far southern part of the racetrack, the Mandeveen and Duikersloot corners have been moved backwards by 10 metres. This part of the circuit has also been fully re-surfaced with a new asphalt/tarmac, which was selected by the FIM´s Safety Delegate Claude Danis and Riders Representative Franco Uncini. Overall the track has been shortened from 6,049 to 6,027 metres, although it remains the longest track on the MotoGP calendar and is still the only venue to have held a round of the Motorcycle World Championship every year since its creation in 1949.

The circuit was purpose built for the series in 1954 with the Dutch TT previously having been held on public roads. New records will be set at this year´s race, scheduled to take place on Saturday 29th June.

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MotoGP, 2002

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