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Extra safety measures taken at Montmeló

Extra safety measures taken at Montmeló

Extra safety measures taken at Montmeló

Organisers at the Circuit de Catalunya have responded emphatically to the demands of the new generation MotoGP prototypes with a string of modifications to the track designed at further guaranteeing the safety of the riders.

On the back of advice given by the Grand Prix Commission, made up of MotoGP officials as well as riders Valentino Rossi, Kenny Roberts Jr., Sete Gibernau and Nobuatsu Aoki, the circuit has undergone extensions to several main gravel run-off traps, as well as a section of new asphalt surface on the entry to the main straight.

The main changes are at the Repsol and Seat corners, turns four and five, where major reconstruction had to be carried out to make room for the extended gravel traps. In both cases footbridges had to be completely disassembled, with a completely new one installed in the case of the Seat corner.

The stretch of new asphalt extends down the first 500m of the straight and will provide the riders with key grip as they power down towards the first right-hand corner at speeds which could reach as high as 350km/h this weekend.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRAN PREMI GAULOISES DE CATALUNYA

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