The Jerez race circuit opened on 8 December 1985 with the Touring Car Spanish Championships, marking a truly momentous event. Today the course boasts many state-of-the-art facilities and hosts the Spanish Moto GP every year; usually last weekend in April or first in May.
The Jerez rece track is 4.428m long, it is 11 metres wide, with 13 turns: five left-hand and eight right-hand. It was built in 1986 and was modified in 2002. There are two alternative road circuits (4.423m, and 4.428 m with chicane), both of which were resurfaced in 2005. The control tower and pit boxes have also been refurbished recently.
In 1987 the first Motorcycle Grand Prix ever to take place was hosted at the circuit. This event is one of the most important on the world championship calendar today. Each year increasing numbers of spectators mainly from Spain, England, France, Portugal and Germany, converge in Jerez to attend the event and cheer on their favourite Grand Prix riders.
The Spanish Formula One Motor Car Grand Prix racing took place here from 1986 to 1991 before the race moved to Catalunia. Jerez did host Spanish Grand Prix in October 1994 and the European Grand Prix in 1997 as a replacement for the Portuguese circuit. The circuit is regularly used for testing by both Formula One and MotoGP.
In 1992, the Race Course became the first permanent speed circuit in the world to offer a motocross track and it is famed to be one of the best in the world.
The circuit features the Airfence safety system: a soft-wall safety barrier filled with compressed air cells which absorb the impact when a rider crashes into it, minimising injury and also protecting spectators, without impeding their view of the race. Jerez was the first circuit to offer this revolutionary new safety device.
October 1994 the European Formula One Grand Prix was held at the Jerez track which and was upgraded with a new bend that was constructed exclusively for the event.
Today the Circuito de Jerez continues to grow and offer the best of modern facilities, maintaining it as one of the top race venues of the world. The viewing facilities accommodate up to 250,000 spectators, with a press pit for 200 journalists.
The record for fastest lap in the MotoGP event at the Circuito de Jerez is held by Spanish MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (2010 and 2011 race winner), at 1'38.189, set in 2008, while the circuit record was set in 2010 by Dani Pedrosa (2008 and 2013 race winner), Spain's most famous motorbike champion, at 1'39.731. The top speed ever achieved at the circuit was by Italian Marco Malandri, in 2002: 291.9 km/h.
Spanish riders have won a total of 20 GP races at the Circuito de Jerez, with Dani Pedrosa finishing either first or second in each of his five MotoGP races at the track.
The final corner of the circuit was renamed after Jorge Lorenzo in May 2013.
Also, one of the most popular Music Festivals in Andalucia take place in the circuit, called Primavera Trompetera Festival.
For more information about the Jerez MotoGP, held in April or May every year at the Circuito de Jerez, click here
Creamfields Andalucia was held here in August 2012.
Hotels next to the Motor racing circuit
Set within the Montecastillo Golf Course, the Barceló Montecastillo Resort features 2 outdoor pools, a well-equipped spa centre, tennis courts and free Wi-Fi. The El Lagar restaurant offers international and Spanish cuisine. Read More
The Circuito de Jerez is located 7km to the east of Jerez, on the A382 to Arcos de la Frontera (20km away). Set against an almost reliably blue sky, the bright cerulean of southern Spain, this circuit makes a stunning sight. Take the A-382 JEREZ-ARCOS-ANTEQUERA road, 6 km, Exit 3.
Ctra. De Arcos, km 10 Apartado Correos 1709, Jerez Tel: 956 151 100
M-902, M-903, M-952, M-953 from Jerez to Arcos pass quite close to the circuit. Details on our Jerez bus services page.