Motorsport fans are once again gripped by racing fever in March! The start of the MotoGP season has provided the promise of a thrilling season ahead with numerous title contenders. A bit of patience is required until the riders return to Austria – but the Red Bull Ring is ready. In November 2021, Spielberg began rebuilding work to add a new layout option in close co-operation with the FIM, Dorna and FIA, and a few days ago it was completed.
Famous race track developer Hermann Tilke planned the introduction of a chicane in the northwestern part of the track – primarily for motorcycling, whereas Formula 1 will keep on using the former layout. Don’t miss out on tickets for the first MotoGP on the new look track, the Motorcycle Grand Prix of Austria 2022 from August 19th to 21st August.
To increase safety at the Red Bull Ring, especially in the premier motorcycle class, the top speed for race bikes will be diminished at the second turn. “Reduced speed was needed in MotoGP in this section of the track. This was achieved through the compact right-left combination which refrains from impacting the rest of the track. The planning was a real challenge due to the topography of the terrain, above all”, says Tilke.
With comprehensive examinations, 15 drafts were made before the final layout concept envisaged the chicane as the ideal solution. The track planning is based on specific speed calculations, in which the dimensions of the run-off zones and the other safety facilities were accounted for.
Two 90-degree turns as part of a quick double apex chicane ensure for a real challenge that will test all the abilities of the MotoGP riders. The top motorcycle racing series is sure to become even more dramatic as a consequence with extra overtaking moves. The new layout option at the second turn is designed primarily for motorcycling. The usual track set-up has been retained so that two options are now available without any changes to the overall character of the turns. The Red Bull Ring continues to have ten turns.
The fans need a little patience before the new chicane serves up thrilling MotoGP racing at the Red Bull Ring on August 21st. One thing will not be changing – the side programme in Spielberg between sessions of the elite motorcycle racing series. Entertainment is in store at the Spielberg MotoGP Bike City with live acts and stunt shows. The Flying Bulls will also hold breathtaking air displays high above the race track. All the information on the “Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich 2022” and tickets for the MotoGP highlight in Spielberg can be found on www.redbullring.com/tickets.