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Safety upgrades

The Grand Prix Safety Commission, created by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme in May 2003, works on improving the safety around the MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix circuits, following the evolution of Grand Prix racing in recent years, and particularly due to a recent technical evolution which includes an increase in performances of the MotoGP motorcycles introduced in 2002.

All the new additions to the MotoGP calendar are therefore submitted to the approval of the Grand Prix Safety Commission, which can request some specific modifications. It was the case of the Laguna Seca circuit, which hosted a MotoGP event for the first time since 1994. Plans for the track improvements were completed in concert with Claude Danis, president and circuit inspector for the FIM - the main modifications aimed at extending the run-off areas in several turns. while the track itself remained virtually untouched.

This year, the TT Assen circuit had also been modified for its 75th anniversary. The Cathedral had been the scene of hard work over the few months preceding the Dutch TT for the completion of the ‘floating' Geert Timmer grandstand, as well as various changes to the lay-out of the race-track. The new floating grandstand was built in front of the start/finish line, allowing the run-off area, required for safety reasons, to be underneath it.

MotoGP, 2005

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