Red Bull Ring’s final corner tweaked ahead of MotoGP return

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MotoGP officials have confirmed that the final corner of the Red Bull Ring has been tweaked due to safety concerns ahead of this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.

The premier class of motorcycle racing will venture to Austria for the first time since 1997 next weekend as the revamped Red Bull Ring welcomes another international series.

After a collective test for teams at the Red Bull Ring earlier in the summer, riders were asked for feedback and suggested that the final corner be tightened.

“FIM safety officer Franco Uncini discussed the layout with some riders of the safety commission in order to hear their thoughts on the track, and it was agreed to reduce the width of Turn 10 of the circuit from 13 to 10 meters to lower the speed when exiting the corner and improve the safety of the turn,” a statement from MotoGP reads.

“Due to this change, and as riders and teams will be gaining experience and refining their bike set-up over the course of the event, lap times recorded during the previous private test won’t be deemed relevant.”

Two-time world champion Marc Marquez heads to Austria with a 48-point lead at the top of the riders’ championship, but the Honda rider is set to face stiff competition from Ducati at a track that should suit the Italian marque.

The Austrian Grand Prix takes place this Sunday at the Red Bull Ring.