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Suzuka alter the final chicane once again
The latest phase of alteration carried out on the final chicane at the circuit of Suzuka has been completed 11 days after work began. After several accidents were witnessed at this section of the track, during a round of the Japanese National Championship on May 24th and 25th, the circuit organisers decided that further re-modelling was needed and a proposal was made to the FIM and the Japenese Motorcycle Federation. The FIM concurred with the plans and the work has been carried out over the past week or two. It was in this area of the racetrack that Daijiro Kato tragically suffered a fatal crash three months ago.The alteration means that less speed is required in the approach to the chicane. The track and run-off area has also been widened. The length of the course now stands at three metres less, 5.821 in total. In the photo shown above the new adjustments to the chicane can be seen, while the shot below represents the section in its former state.
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