Circuit changes at Red Bull Ring ahead of MotoGP weekend


Safety concerns following the two-day private test held at the upcoming venue for the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix have resulted in amendments being made to the Red Bull Ring.

With MotoGP heading to the circuit for the first time since 1997, there were some concerns that Turn 10 had the potential to cause safety issues.

Together with a selection of riders, FIM Safety Officer Franco Uncini discussed their thoughts on the track and it was agreed that the width of the turn would be reduced from 13 metres to 10 metres, which would result in a lower speed when exiting the cover and improve the safety of the turn.

While teams will look to the data collected at the two-day test to guide their bike set-ups, the change in the circuit means that previous data will not be as valid as first hoped.

Turn 10 of the Red Bull ring before the safety changes - Credit: MotoGP
Turn 10 of the Red Bull ring before the safety changes – Credit: MotoGP