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Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya completes work on new MotoGP chicane


The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has finished installing a new chicane in its final sector in preparation for the 2017 MotoGP season and June’s Catalan Grand Prix.

Moto2 rider Luis Salom died following a crash in the final sector during practice for the 2016 race back in June, leading to a change in the track layout for the rest of the weekend.

MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 previously used the layout at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona that retained the fast right-hand corners at Turn 13 and Turn 14, last used by Formula 1 back in 2006, as well as a different Turn 10.

The track confirmed in December that it would be creating a new chicane for 2017, mirroring the profile of the one used by F1 but being placed closer to Turn 13.

Earlier this week, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya’s Twitter account posted a picture confirming that work had been completed. For reference, the MotoGP chicane is on the right of the picture, with the F1 one on the left.

The MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix will take place on June 11, with the circuit’s F1 race set to go ahead one month earlier on May 14.

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