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The Sachsenring joined the ranks of Germany's permanent racetracks in 1996, however, for environmental reasons motorsports events are only possible on 10 official motorsport days a year. For the same reasons, all cars and motorcycles that are used in trainings must not exceed certain noise levels. Designed by Hermann Tilke, the new Grand Prix circuit was built in the start/finish area of the old circuit. One particular feature is the omega shaped section of the circuit, which runs around a wooded hill. As a result of the large numbers of spectators, the circuit has been the subject of several modifications in subsequent years to bring it up to the required level of professionalism. These included a completely new pit lane, race control and media centre.
Since 1998 the Sachsenring has continued the motorcycle racing tradition it has enjoyed for decades by hosting the Motorcycle World Championship. The first German Grand Prix was held at the Sachsenring back in 1934. Even after the division of Germany, the GDR held the Motorcycle Grand Prix there for eleven years from 1961 onwards until the circuit temporarily lost its importance – until it was born again in its current form.