The Catalunya MotoGP takes place at Montmeló some 20km north of Barcelona at the Circuit de Catalunya. The first international event to be held there was the 1991 Spanish Formula One Grand Prix which remains the home of this event. In 1992 the European Motorcycle Grand Prix took place at the same venue and from 1995 this annual event became known as the Catalunya MotoGP. The circuit is one of motor sport’s most popular testing grounds allowing teams to become very familiar with its long straights and its range of corners.
Circuit de Catalunya
The track of the Circuit de Catalunya is 4.727km long consisting of 5 left and 8 right corners as well as a long straight of 1047m on which the MotoGP riders reach higher speeds than their Formula 1 counterparts. It is a challenging venue which was designed with both formula one and motorcycling races in mind. For more information about the track please refer to Circuit de Catalunya.
More than 100,000 fans attend this event and are well catered for at what is Europe’s most modern track. There are 17 well positioned grandstands to choose from as well as 23 giant screens located throughout the public areas so there’s no need to miss any of the action. There’s a fine selection of bars and eateries set up around the circuit and facilities in general are first class.
Getting There & Accommodation
There are limited hotel rooms available at Montmeló and nearby as well as a campsite but the vast majority of visitors choose to stay in a Barcelona hotel and head out to the track on raceday.
The best way of getting there by public transport from Barcelona is to take a local train (cercanias) from any of the following three stations: Sants, Passeig de Gràcia or El Clot. The train will be going to Macanet-Massanes but you must get off at Montmeló. Montmeló is on the green number 2 line, 5 stops after El Clot.
There are trains every 30 minutes and the journey takes about 40 minutes. Transfers are available from the Montmeló train station to the Circuit de Catalunya as the walk is about 30 minutes.
Some bus companies arrange shuttle transfers from Barcelona to the Circuit de Catalunya but their websites don’t seem to appear in English. Try the Sagales office at Passeig de Sant Joan, 52.
Rather than stay in Barcelona some visitors decide to stay in and around Girona or on the Costa Brava. In this case you should get the train from Girona (line 2 for Barcelona) and get off at Montmeló. The journey takes about one hour.
Catalunya MotoGP Tickets
You can buy Catalunya MotoGP tickets online. If you prefer to wait until you get there you might find some general admission tickets on sale at the circuit though all grandstand seats will be sold out. A few touts may be offering tickets outside the circuit but save yourself a lot of stress and don’t leave it that late
2012 Jorge Lorenzo – Yamaha
2011 Casey Stoner – Honda
2010 Jorge Lorenzo – Yamaha
2009 Valentino Rossi – Yamaha
2008 Dani Pedrosa – Honda
2007 Casey Stoner – Ducati
2006 Valentino Rossi – Yamaha
Other Moto GP Races in Spain
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Valencia Moto GP
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