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Circuit de Catalunya gets new surface for 2005

Circuit de Catalunya gets new surface for 2005

Circuit de Catalunya gets new surface for 2005

The Circuit de Catalunya is going through a short period of inactivity in order to allow a new asphalt to be laid and other safety revisions carried out. The facelift will be ready in time for a busy 2005 season.

The asphalt has almost reached the end of its lifespan after being installed fifteen years ago and a planned period of renovation was announced several months ago. At the start of December work started on the track and circuit bosses hope to be finished by the 15th of January. During this period they will be looking to make safety modifications in the Elf and SEAT corners that involve expanding the run-off.

A make-over that has almost been completed is the renovation of the ‘Tribune G', in the centre of the stadium section that has undergone some serious changes with a view towards getting the fans closer to the circuit. They have switched more than 10,000 seats in this section for more comfortable and ergonomic models, whilst also redesigning the walkways and slightly increasing the overall capacity.

F1 teams will be the first to try the new surface at Montmeló with an intense programme of pre-season testing already booked from the 18th of January. The first contact the MotoGP riders will have with the asphalt will be later in the calendar at the Official Test on the 19th and 20th of March.

The renovations represent the third set of upgrades performed at Catalunya since 1991. The first involved the removal of the Nissan chicane in 1995. That same year adjustments were made so that two independent courses could be used and twelve months ago the new ‘la Caixa' curve was installed.

MotoGP, 2004

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