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Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya completes work on new MotoGP chicane

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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.

Marco Andretti confident that fewer tests won’t hurt Andretti Autosport

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A small point of debate around the 2018 aero kit has been the manufacturer test days that took place through the Fall of 2017 and into the beginning of 2018. Chiefly, the debate has centered around teams who hadn’t participated in those manufacturer test days and if they’re starting the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season at a disadvantage as a result.

Team Penske, Ed Carpenter Racing, and A.J. Foyt Racing completed test days for Chevrolet, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing doing so for Honda.

That left teams like Andretti Autosport out of the mix, with some voicing concerns as a result.

However, in a press conference during testing at ISM Raceway last weekend, Marco Andretti explained that he thinks Andretti Autosport should be able to catch up on development, citing the team’s resources – they’re the only IndyCar team with four full-time cars in their stable – and the fact that everyone is still adapting to the new kit.

“I feel like it’s early enough days that, yes, we can catch up,” Andretti said at ISM Raceway. “When there is anything new, a new car, new aero kit, at-track days are huge. We can sim all these things we want. To really get out there and confirm what we’re learning back at the shop is another thing.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay during testing at ISM Raceway. Photo: IndyCar

Andretti continued, “Yeah, I don’t think we should look at it like we’re behind the eight ball. With a four-car team, that’s where we can use it to our benefit. So far so good.”

Teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, echoed Andretti’s sentiments, adding that while the situation is not perfect, they will need to adapt to it in order to remain competitive.

“Any time you have a new car, to put it into perspective, we’re on track three days on a road course before we get to (the season open in St. Petersburg). That’s a very short amount of time. It’s obviously not ideal, but we’re just going to lace up our boots and get on with it. That’s all you can do.”

Andretti Autosport will have one more team test, at Sebring International Raceway later on in February, before the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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