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The Purple 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 pleased with the proximity of boundaries to the observe and the dearth of gravel in some areas.
The latter was rectified for the next yr, although the primary problematic space of the quick Flip 2 left-hand kink remained.
The security of this a part of the observe 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 some extent of concern.
Final yr Purple Bull revealed its plans to change the Flip 2 format by including in a chicane, with work on that now lastly full.
In comparison with the unique design proven to the press final yr, the completed Flip 2 chicane is far tighter.
The unique format stays, with the brand new chicane solely for use by MotoGP.
Herman Tilke, who carried out the re-design, mentioned: “Decreased velocity was wanted in MotoGP on this part of the observe.
“This was achieved by means of the compact right-left mixture which refrains from impacting the remainder of the observe.
“The planning was an actual problem because of the topography of the terrain, above all.”
Purple Bull Ring chicane
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As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, MotoGP has staged two races in Austria on the Purple Bull Ring in every of the previous two years.
Nevertheless, solely the Austrian GP will likely be run this yr, with it being moved from its early August slot to the weekend of 19-21 August.
Final yr’s Austrian GP was gained by residence model KTM after Brad Binder heroically stayed out on slick tyres on a moist observe to say his second MotoGP victory.