MotoGP: Details unveiled of new-look Sepang

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The details have been revealed about the updates made to Malaysia’s Sepang circuit, ahead of MotoGP’s first visit to the track since February’s test. The series will visit at the end of the upcoming three-week flyaway trip to Asia and Australasia.

The aims of the improvement works have been both to make the track faster and to improve drainage at the circuit; always an issue thanks to its tropical location and proclivity for rain.

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The biggest change sees the camber of the last corner adjusted. This is to avoid water streams crossing the track, to change the racing lines and improve chances for last corner overtakes, and to reduce the apex speed and exit speed in order to control the maximum speed reached on the main straight.

Much of the notorious bumps, caused in part by sharing the track with F1 cars and their incredible braking forces, have also been smoothed out, while run-off has been improved at three corners. That work has included the replacement of asphalt with gravel traps – a contentious issue of late.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer