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Jerez Motor Racing Circuit

Jerez MotoGP 2016 (c) Turismo Cadiz
Jerez MotoGP 2016

Jerez Motor Racing Circuit

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.

Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto ©Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto
Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto

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.

Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto ©Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto
Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto

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.

For more information about the Jerez MotoGP, held in April or May every year at the Circuito de Jerez, click here

Music Festivals

Primavera Trompetera Festival, one of the most popular Music Festivals in Andalucia take place in the Jerez circuit.

Creamfields Andalucia was held here in August 2012.

Hotels near Moto Circuit

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Casa Viña de Alcántara

Casa de Viña de Alcántara was once a family home and now offers charming accommodation just outside Jerez. Set in gardens and surrounded by trees, the house features an outdoor pool. All rooms are beautifully decorated in pale earth tones to reflect the natural surroundings of the house. The rooms upstairs have steeply beamed ceilings and all have private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.

Casa Viña de Alcántara

Casa de Viña de Alcántara was once a family home and now offers charming accommodation just outside Jerez. Set in gardens and surrounded by trees, the house features an outdoor pool. All rooms are beautifully decorated in pale earth tones to reflect the natural surroundings of the house. The rooms upstairs have steeply beamed ceilings and all have private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.

La Cueva Park

Situated in the Andalusian countryside just 4 km from Jerez, La Cueva Park offers an outdoor pool and attractive gardens. Each air-conditioned room offers a flat-screen TV and free WiFi. The spacious rooms at the Cueva Park Hotel feature wooden floors and plenty of natural light. They all have a safety deposit box and a private bathroom with hairdryer. Some include a balcony, and a minibar is available under request.

Contact

Caratrera de Arcos, km 10 Apartado Correos 1709, Jerez Tel: 956 151 100

Bus Service

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.

Location

The Circuito de Jerez is located 7km to the east of Jerez, on the A-382 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.

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