There are a handful of corners whose notoriety arguably matches that of the track of which it is part. Like the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca, the Karussel at the Nürburgring or Eau Rouge at Spa. But it seems that one of them is unfortunately being diluted.

The corner is known as Parabolica. It's the last turn at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, home of the Italian Grand Prix in Formula One and a number of other races throughout the year.

Situated at the end of the back straight, the Curva Parabolica is a sweeping 180-degree corner approached at upwards of 200 miles per hour, clipping the apex at over 100 mph and exiting onto the start/finish straight. Get it just right and you're set for the straight ahead. Scrub off too much speed and you'll never catch up. But if you try to carry too much speed, you'll end up running wide over the grass median and beached in the gravel. Game over.

Only that won't be the case anymore, because track officials are paving over the run-off area in time for the Italian Grand Prix in a few weeks. The modification removes any physical penalty for overshooting the Parabolica, diluting the challenge that makes it as great as it is. As far as racing fans, drivers and pundits are concerned, that's about as close as anyone could come to paving paradise and putting up a parking lot.

The decision was reportedly taken in order to lure the World Superbike Championship back to the circuit after officials expressed concern at the lack of paved runoff areas.


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      PatrickH
      • 4 Months Ago

      There's supposed to be a penalty for poor driving and going off track.  Remove that and what's left?

      TrackerNite MC Show-
      • 4 Months Ago

      Since Road Racing began it's been man and machine Vs the road (as it stands) as Golf has its "play the ball where it lays" rule Road Racing has been just that.. race the road. But  Again! Motorcycle Racing is reeking havoc around the world, destroying classic and historic racing circuits to suit their increasing lack of talented racers. Now the classic Parabolica., as if the Cork Screw at Laguna was not enough to feed their hunger for destruction. This time its World Super Bike, Laguna was the feeding ground for MotoGP who then decided to Not return to the circuit after causing the track to modify the World Class raceway to suit their sophomoric requirements. The lesson here and We can only hope  "Autodromo Nazionale Monza" gets a clue, the racers need to race the course, If it's tooo scary, if your talent is not up to it then find another sport, miss this round or better yet take up Golf.. but Don't ruin the raceway for rules that will change next year! The track is the track..race it as it stands,  U know racing sometimes requires some thought, and sometimes just slowing to Go faster is necessary. 

      SloopJohnB
      • 4 Months Ago

      So put gravel on it for F1, clear it off for the poosy0bikes.

      Andyz
      • 4 Months Ago

      First gravel traps suck (literally), no one wants to see a drivers day over stuck on the beach, and cars stranded here often bring out a yellow or even a pace car...so get over it.  Secondly under the current code, and capable being upgraded in enforcement anyone running off track can get get handed a penalty (other then the one they have just self imposed), even if they gain no advantage. The best driver will still get all they can out of staying on track at this corner, why risk it?

      mad4erit
      • 4 Months Ago

      Gravel traps cause dangerous rollovers and make for difficult and dangerous cleanup for track workers. Plus, drivers can now race more aggressively without fear of DNF.

      There are other ways to penalize drivers including curbing or surface changes, or penalties for putting all 4 wheels off the track (currently in place).

      Change is good.

      Narom
      • 4 Months Ago

      Paved run off will kill motorsport.

      gtv4rudy
      • 4 Months Ago

       F1 is getting too soft these days (imo). 

      Jamie Houk
      • 4 Months Ago

      Look at this picture from ESPN. Not sure what is going on with the one unpaved strip but the the rest of the corner is paved. Looks like new outside curbing has been installed as well.

      pic.twitter.com/CLjrcmqChV

      Michael
      • 4 Months Ago

      Edit needed... MotoGP has not held an event at Monza in 20+ years.