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The new circuits of 2005

The new circuits of 2005

The new circuits of 2005

This week the ‘On Board' section of the MotoGP Channel offers you the opportunity to take a spin round the new and spectacular circuits visited by the MotoGP championship in the 2005 season; Shanghai. Istanbul and Laguna Seca

The Chinese facilities are one of the latest examples of modernity and functionality in this type of construction. It is a monstrous circuit with every type of facility imaginable and the capacity to hold 200,000 spectators. Its characteristic layout takes the form of a letter of the Chinese alphabet. The circuit contains two large straights, one of which has a length of 1200 metres and is one of the fastest of the entire calendar. Shanghai combines areas where high velocities are reached with very slow zones, especially concentrated in various bends, for example a spiral that links turns 1,2 and 3. Braking resistance is a very important factor, seeing as the compounds have to support, besides the high speeds, the braking areas at the end of the straights.

The formidable Istanbul circuit has through hard work become one of the most spectacular layouts in the entire championship. It is a circuit characterised by its changes and descents and a shape loved by the riders. It is, moreover, the fifth longest cicuit in the MotoGP calendar, at a total of more than 5340 metres.

Designed by the German Hermann Tilke, creator of other impressive MotoGP circuits such as Sepang and Shanghai, it contains a relatively short start/finish straight, but as a whole has a rapid layout, above all in the second half. It is characterized by its anti-clockwise direction, with a wide variety of curves and openings, allowing a great deal of freedom and a more prominent role to the riders.

2005 represented a very important year for MotoGP. After a decade away, the World Championship returned to the United States. The Californian circuit was subjected to some changes in order to improve safety, although it still maintained its symbols of identity. Some peculiarities of the Laguna Seca layout make it a unique track, far removed from the European circuits. The most spectacular point has to be the curve known the world over as "The Corkscrew"; a fast descending chicane that the riders have to face at the highest speed that they dare

Laguna Seca presents more changes and variations in level than any other circuit in MotoGP, and reaches its highest point around a short chicane, which starts a sequence of turns and a pronounced change of altitude. The riders rise through a rapid section of the circuit that drives towards a blind turn of lefts and rights and continues descending until the terrifying "Corkscrew". It most resembles a Russian mountain.

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MotoGP, 2006

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