MotoGP to use modified last corner at Red Bull Ring

MotoGP organisers have modified the final corner of the Red Bull Ring for safety reasons ahead of this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix.

MotoGP to use modified last corner at Red Bull Ring

Following last month's two-day familiarisation test at the Spielberg track, which is hosting Grand Prix motorcycle racing for the first time since 1997, it was decided that the last corner - Turn 10, dubbed Red Bull Mobile - required changes to improve safety.

In order to reduce the risk of a serious incident, the corner has been narrowed from 13 metres to 10, thereby lowering the exit speed of the turn and distancing the riders from the outside barrier.

This will lead to a loss in laptime compared to the times set in testing, the best of which (1m23.240s) was posted by Ducati rider Andrea Iannone on the second day.

Reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo was among those who felt the track was unsafe after sampling it for the first time in testing.

"For sure, it’s not the safest track in the championship," said the Spaniard. "The last corner, on the exit if you have a high-side, you can hit the wall."

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