The Pink Bull Ring returned to the MotoGP calendar in 2016 and already got here below hearth for its security, with quite a lot of riders not proud of the proximity of limitations to the monitor and the shortage of gravel in some areas.
The latter was rectified for the next 12 months, although the principle drawback space of the quick Flip 2 left-hand kink remained.
The security of this a part of the monitor was thrust into the highlight in 2020 when Franco Morbidelli and Johann Zarco collided in a horrifying accident that resulted in each of their bikes hurtling up in direction of Flip three and narrowly lacking Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales.
A barrier was positioned for the next races in Austria at Flip three to cease this from occurring once more, although the closing speeds at Flip 2 and into Flip three remained a degree of concern.
Final 12 months Pink Bull revealed its plans to later the Flip 2 structure so as to add in a chicane, with work on that now lastly full.
In comparison with the unique design present to the press final 12 months, the completed Flip 2/three chicane is far tighter.
The unique structure stays, with the brand new chicane solely for use by MotoGP.
Herman Tilke, who carried out the re-design, stated: “Decreased pace was wanted in MotoGP on this part of the monitor.
“This was achieved by the compact right-left mixture which refrains from impacting the remainder of the monitor.
“The planning was an actual problem as a result of topography of the terrain, above all.”
Pink Bull Ring chicane
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As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, MotoGP has staged two races in Austria on the Pink Bull Ring for the previous two years.
Nonetheless, solely the Austrian GP shall be run this 12 months, with it being moved from its early August slot to the weekend of 19-21 August.
Final 12 months’s Austrian GP was received by house model KTM after Brad Binder heroically stayed out on slick tyres on a moist monitor to assert his second MotoGP victory.