Buddh Circuit layout to be changed for WSBK

Back in March 2012 we were the first to bring you news of the WSBK series coming to India at the Buddh Circuit and by June 2012 it was officially confirmed that the India race will be held on March 10th, 2013. Now in a further development, FIM has directed the Buddh International Circuit authorities to make minor modifications to the track layout to ensure that it is safer for motorcycle racing.

Changes to the Buddh track layout include a reduction in track length by 115 metres. The track length will be shortened to 5.015 mt (instead of the 5.125mt that Formula 1 uses). This will be due to the elimination of three turns bringing it down to 13 from the current 16. The protection barriers between turn 1 and 4 will also be moved back to allow for a greater run-off area. The raised kerbs at turn 9 and 16 (which will become turn 13) will also be modified. Officials from FIM will be heading to India later this January to inspect the track.  The first presence of the WSBK machines on the track will on 6th of March when the teams will hold a testing session to learn the Buddh track and make necessary adjustments for the race.