The Most circuit underwent major modifications of over CZK 15 million in investment

The circuit of Autodrom Most has undergone significant modifications in recent days. It is now fully prepared for the racing weekend of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, which will have its historic premiere in northern Bohemia at the beginning of August. The investment required more than 15 million czech crowns. "After the decision to organize this race in cooperation with Automotoklub Most, and after consultation with the officials of the International motorcycle federation, we proceeded to major upgrades on the racing circuit so that it is as safe as possible for riders and spectators," said sports director of AUTODROM MOST Jindřich Hrneček.

On the main straight, the largest bumps disappeared in a section of about 200 meters. It was necessary to mill the section and level it. "Significantly harder asphalt with special binders is used for this, in comparison to ordinary roads. Racing machines have better grip on this surface, turn or brake better. It has the properties of natural Trinidad asphalt and it practically cannot be milled, "the specified the director.

The extension of the escape zones required more than 4,500 tonnes of gravel, which represents about 150 fully loaded trucks. The material had to be transported in five days, which was logistically very demanding. The trucks took turns at the autodrome at twenty-minute intervals. These modifications did not go without relocating more than 5,000 tons of clay and soil. Profile of the escape zone behind the penultimate turn also changed. "The earlier declining trend of the zone has become positive of about five percent. This will ensure that the zone is now much more efficient. With this upgrade, the original asphalt road disappeared, which in the past was used, for example, for the entry of participants in the Peace Race. The demanding work was managed with the help of local suppliers in just one week, which is a heroic performance, "described Jindřich Hrneček.

The new FIM-approved safety foam barriers from Italy in total length of approximately 550 meters placed in selected corners will protect riders from the consequences of a possible fall. "We also rented protective airbags from a specialized Austrian company, called Air Fence. That is, air cushions for places with a shorter escape zone so that the requirements for the safety of riders are met, "added the sports director.

Steel trackside barriers will also require modification, total of twenty two new cutouts will be created, for quick removal of the crashed motorcycle from the track or escape zone. The so-called six-pack tire blocks placed at the barriers to cover a possible impact are newly covered with the rubber belt. The new coating with homologated paint, which is characterized by constant properties in different weather conditions, was applied onto corner kerbs and lining along the track. The starting grid and the finish line are also coated with this type of paint.

The technical equipment of the track will also be expanded. In addition to the seven timing loops, which are used to measure speed as well as time, three new will be added. The number of split times will increase from three to four, each split measures times in different sections of the track. The change also concerns the measurement of maximum speed, by adding a measuring device with regard to the speed achieved by superbike class motorcycles.

Apart from the finish line, racing circuit also has a new asphalt surface. The removal of the original tarmac and its replacement began at the end of 2015 and continued in stages over the previous five years.

Autodrom Most became one of the famous circuits that hosts WorldSBK. The premiere racing weekend in the north of Bohemia will take place from 6th to 8th of August. It will be the sixth round of the WorldSBK calendar. The riders of all three classes of the World Championship will gather at the autodrome, and the participants of the European Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Cup will also expand the starting field. In the WorldSSP300 class, two Czech riders, Petr Svoboda and Oliver König, will show themselves in front of domestic fans.



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