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Another look at the new MotoGP venues

Another look at the new MotoGP venues

Another look at the new MotoGP venues

In 2005 three new venues were added to the MotoGP calendar: Shanghai in China, Laguna Seca in the USA and Istanbul in Turkey.

In May the World Championship made an historic first visit to Shanghai for the inaugural Grand Prix of China. The unique characteristics of the racetrack and its impressive architecture made the Shanghai International Circuit one of the outstanding attractions of the 2005 season. Vast grandstands overlook equally impressive pits and a paddock complex adjacent to the high-speed 5,451km circuit, which includes two very fast straights and a series of tight corners.

The premier class also returned to the USA in July after an absence of over a decade as the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hosted the eagerly awaited Red Bull US Grand Prix. The Californian circuit had undergone a major winter facelift for the event, including crucial safety updates, that has allowed the world's premier motorcycle road racing series to return to one of its most spectacular circuits for the first time since 1994.

Finally, Turkey became the 29th country visited by the World Championship in its 56-year history with the first MotoGP race held at the new Istanbul circuit in October. The 5.340 km track is situated 60 km east of Istanbul and was designed by Herman Tilke who was also the designer of the Sepang and Shanghai circuits.

MotoGP, 2005

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