The Czech circuit continues to bring upgrades to the 4.212km long circuit, with kerbs, braking points and further facility enhancements to be expected by the time WorldSBK arrives in July
The 2023 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is in gear and one of the circuits that will welcome us this year is underdoing upgrades to make for the best spectacle and safest racing. At the beginning of January, the next phase of the Autodrom Most track modifications started to further enhance the circuit, readying for a third round of action as the home of the Czech Round.
Having undergone a resurfacing for last year’s event, as well as an upgrade in facilities, the work for 2023 focuses on the modification of the kerbs, safety zones, the marking of braking points and the next phase of the modernisation of the control tower. The most significant change has already been made to Turn 21, the exit to the start and finish straight. The safety zone has undergone a complete overhaul and has expanded even further. Kerbs will be modified at Turns 4, 11 and 21.
Autodrom Most’s Sports Director, Jindrich Hrnecek, explained the work to the kerbs: “They will be lengthened and the concrete area behind them will be partially widened to give the competitor the opportunity to react in the event of going off the track. The widening of all the kerbs is also to prevent off-track riding (track limits) whilst enhancing safety on the two exits and once directly in the corner. In the last corner, Turn 21, the gravel bed has been completely reconstructed, widened and drained to maximise its effect in that area.”
Another change that drivers will notice is the new marking of braking points. All markings will now be placed behind the barriers and above the track. This is the most modern and safest trend on circuits. The modifications to the starting tower are aimed at making the WorldSBK contingent and other racing series more comfortable. There will also be another part of the modernization of the existing facilities. During the winter months, it will be the turn of the race control room to add technology, soundproofing and expand its capacity. At the same time, the next floor of the control tower will be modernised to meet the new needs of Autodrom Most.
Most burst onto the WorldSBK calendar in 2021, becoming the new home of the world’s fastest production-derived Championship after the Championship’s previous visits to Brno. The first race at Most was an instant classic, with a showdown for the ages between Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlioglu and title rival, Ducati’s Scott Redding. It went until the final corner, with Razgatlioglu becoming the first ever winner at the circuit in WorldSBK. It also welcomed Jonathan Rea’s 200th Kawasaki podium in the following race, whilst in Race 2 of the first year, Scott Redding’s memorable win saw him propose to his now-wife Jacey on the podium. 2022 brought more classics, with Race 1 and the Tissot Superpole Race bringing intense last lap battles.