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Barcelona track layout tweaked for 2017 MotoGP race

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Officials at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya have confirmed that the track layout will be tweaked for the 2017 MotoGP 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.

After reverting to the F1 layout for qualifying and the race in 2016, MotoGP will now run a revised layout from the 2017 event onwards.

The F1 layout will be used at Turn 10, while a chicane will also be in place in the final sector, bypassing the right-hander at Turn 13 completely.

In a bid to prevent riders chopping across the racing line to come into the pits, MotoGP will place its chicane before the one used for F1.

The tweak to the layout has been approved by both the FIA and FIM, the respective governing bodies of international car and motorcycle racing.

The 2017 Catalan Grand Prix is scheduled to take place in Barcelona on June 11.

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.