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New track surface and safety updates at Catalunya

New track surface and safety updates at Catalunya

New track surface and safety updates at Catalunya

The Catalunya Circuit in Spain is set to undergo safety updates and a new track surface ahead of the 2005 MotoGP World Championship, with work set to begin as early as next month.

Circuit officials plan to begin work almost as soon as F1 testing is completed at the end of November, and are expecting the modifications to be finished by 15th January ‘05. The main safety changes are to be made to the Elf and Seat corners, whilst the track surface has come to the end of its five year period of optimum performance.

"We decided to resurface during December because it is the best month," explained Fidel Sust, director general of the Circuit de Catalunya. "It allows us to make use of the low ground temperatures, which help the asphalt to solidify much more quickly.

"Also, there is less usage of the track in December, with many businesses in the sector taking a winter break. However, the paddock, schools and the rest of the facilities will remain open as usual."

This is the third phase of modifications to the circuit since 1991. The first changes saw the removal of the Nissan chicane in 1995, when the layout was also divided into two separate tracks. Last year the "la Caixa" corner was also adapted to meet new safety requirements.

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MotoGP, 2004

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