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Modifications carried out at Assen

Modifications carried out at Assen

Modifications carried out at Assen

Assen has been the scene of hard work over the last few months for the completion of the ‘floating' Geert Timmer grandstand, as well as two changes to the lay-out of the race-track, which is now 30 metres shorter for the 2005 season. At the corners De Bult and Ruskenhoek, two alterations have been made in the loop of the course, thus bringing the total length of the Grand Prix track to 5,997 metres and of the southern loop to 3,851 metres. Riders and race fans are thus bound to see improved lap times this year during the 75th Gauloises TT Assen.

Both modifications were originally planned for 2006, together with the shortening of the north loop. But for organisational reasons, they've been moved ahead of schedule. This is due to the fact that in September 2005, one week after the Superbike World Championship meeting, the shovel will be put to the ground to shorten the north loop, which will make the circuit from 5.997 to 4.720 metres. If the measures were not implemented then the circuit would not be available during the winter of 2005-2006 for activities such as driving courses and motorcycle training, cars and a racing licence course.

With the planned track modifications Assen can also be divided into two small circuits in 2006. The track only needs to be closed for a few days during the autumn in order to realize the ‘short-cuts'. Both of the north and south sections will obviously have a fresh effect on how to tackle the circuit and the overall speed which will be reduced in both places. For the public, it will only become more attractive. These two adapted curves offer perfect places for braking and overtaking action.

MotoGP, 2005

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