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Updates completed at Suzuka Circuit

Updates completed at Suzuka Circuit

Updates completed at Suzuka Circuit

Renovation work at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan has been completed ahead of schedule and well in advance of the MotoGP test planned for the end of March. Work began in the second week of April to improve safety and exciting racing at the 130R corner and the chicane, otherwise known as the Casio Triangle.

The 130R section is the long left hander which leads into the straightaway before the chicane. The corner has been brought in to allow for a bigger gravel trap and extended asphalt run off area on the exit. The radius of the corner is now split into two parts, with the constant 130m radius making way for a tighter 85m in the first part of the corner leading into a long, sweeping 340m on the exit, which then makes for a shorter straightaway of just 65m. Fans will be able to watch the extra action anticipated for this area of the track by two new grandstands, which have also just been completed.

$$$ The reduction in the straightaway is also thanks to the completely revised double chicane final section, which will see the riders bank right much earlier to accommodate a wider left hander. This then doubles back left again to flick right through a second, new, chicane which leads onto the long right into the start-finish straight.

The MotoGP teams will get the chance to try out the latest changes to the circuit on the 30th and 31st March, one week before the first round of the season at the same venue.

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MotoGP, 2003

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