2014 MotoGP: Sachsenring Circuit Turn 11 Changed for Lower Speeds

New Turn 11 layout at Sachsenring 5 photos
Loris Capirossi testing the new Turn 11 at SachsenringLoris Capirossi testing the new Turn 11 at SachsenringLoris Capirossi testing the new Turn 11 at SachsenringSachsenring
Racing safety once more dictates changes in the design of a MotoGP circuit, and this time it’s the Sachsenring, in Germany. Turn 11 of the German GP circuit will be redesigned and the new layout should help slow down the riders a bit. It may sound a bit contradictory that MotoGP riders are to be slower, but it looks like there is some sense in this change.
Turn 11 at Sachsenring is the first right-hander after a series of left-hand turns, and it has more than once proven to be a very tricky section. In the 2013 round, a lot of riders crashed in Turn 11, and many more had troubles passing through that turn safely.

It looks like the riders tend to accelerate too much as they exit Turn10 and prepare for two sections of straight track separated by the infamous Turn 11. Coupling the open throttle with the side-to-side moves as they prepare to “flip” the bike on the right side may destabilize them and cause them to crash.

MotoGP Safety Officer and 3-time world champion Loris Capirossi and FIM Safety Officer Franco Uncini visited the Sachsenring circuit and the former tested the new layout aboard a BMW S1000RR motorcycle. The new Turn 11 layout will be made with steel curbs, as it is a temporary, mobile alteration to the track. It will technically relocate the racing line and reduce corner speed.

This circuit modification is intended for MotoGP use solely, and will only be installed on the track for the German Grand Prix July 11-13, 2014. As for the other events which will take place at Sachsenring throughout the season, the track remains as it was before .
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