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MotoGP Austria: ’Turn eight is very dangerous’ says Rossi

Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi has agreed with the changes made by MotoGP safety boss Franco Uncini to turn ten at the Red Bull Ring but believes turn eight to be more perilous due to its proximity to a wall.

Turn ten has been narrowed to slow down corner speed but Rossi believes turn eight should be altered before next year’s race,

“Before the test we spoke about the last corner, but when I was on the track with the MotoGP bike the situation was better than I expected,” said Rossi, speaking at the track.


“I spoke with Uncini and said that we can stay also with the normal corner but after the other riders said it was better like this. So I think that is okay, it doesn’t change a lot.

“First of all this track is very fast. When the track is fast it is always dangerous and have other points. Especially the exit of turn eight remains very dangerous, because it is very high speed and the wall is very close. This for me is the most dangerous point that we have to try to improve for the next years.”

Factory Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso concurred with Rossi, saying: “It was necessary to change turn ten and like Valentino says at turn eight for sure we have to do something. During this weekend we will also see if turn four - it’s downhill so the run-off area is maybe not enough.”

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