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Catalunya circuit set for alterations

Catalunya circuit set for alterations

Catalunya circuit set for alterations

The circuit of Catalunya that hosts one of the Spanish rounds of the MotoGP World Championships is planning a set of reforms at five points on the facility ready for the 2004 campaign. The two most important changes, having direct positive repercussions for the fans and spectators, is firstly the creation of a new braking point into the stadium section – the La Caixa corner, and secondly an improvement to the Repsol bridge that links to stands L & M (holding a capacity of 8000 seats).

The rest of the alterations involve attention to the asphalt on the main straight with the movement of the outer walls at both the Respol and Seat locations on the track. The first phase of work has already started and does not affect any of the activities occurring at this time; the changes to the protective wall at Repsol and Seat are expected to be completed by January 12th. The aim is to allow the public better access to the Repsol bridge, and entry to the M & L zones.

The second set of work begins on December 9th and expected to be finished 15 days into the new year and involves remodelling the La Caixa corner to allow another racing line. A 500m strip on the main straight from the finish line, starting grid up to the scoreboard is to be replaced.

The new entry into the La Caixa curve means that the bend is more angled and will open up the 100 metre straight into the Banco Sabadell corner. This change will be mainly for the use of the Formula One cars while the old layout will still apply for motorcycle races. The surface between both turns will be renewed.

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MotoGP, 2003

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