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.