The city of Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain has become synonymous with motor cycle racing since it held the first Jerez Moto GP in 1987. Every year thousands of motor cyclists from all over Europe swarm to Jerez to attend this annual event which can accommodate upto 250,000 fans within the impressive Circuito de Jerez.
Getting There & Accommodation
The track itself is located just 10km east of the city of Jerez on the road towards Arcos de la Frontera. Traffic congestion has long been a major problem as spectators get near the circuit but a dual carriageway now connects the Seville-Cadiz motorway exit with the track so the approach road to the circuit is much improved. Accommodation in Jerez itself is nowhere near enough for the huge numbers arriving for this event so unless you book well in advance you should look further afield.
Many fans choose to stay in Seville, some 95 km to the north, and drive down for the day but do allow for severe congestion en route. On this route follow signs for the A4 toll road to Cadiz and take the exit for Arcos de la Frontera/Circuito de Velocidad at KM 78.5. Others head for Puerto de Santa Maria and drive north on race day to this same motorway exit.
Train services to Jerez operate from all over Spain whilst Jerez airport receives incoming domestic flights from all over Spain as well as a few international arrivals. Seville, Gibraltar and Malaga airports are other alternatives for international arrivals. Special bus services also run from Jerez and taxis will take you close to the circuit but usually ask you to get out about 1km away to avoid getting stuck in the traffic.
Last year an estimated 100,000 people had arrived at the circuit before 8am so do bear this in mind when planning your visit.
Circuito de Jerez
The Circuito de Jerez was built in 1986, originally to host the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix which has since moved to the Circuit de Catalunya just outside Barcelona. It remains a popular year round venue for both Formula 1 and MotoGP testing.
The circuit is 4,423 metres in length consisting of five left hand corners, eight right hand corners and short straights, a combination which has led to some very close finishes in recent years. Its range of grandstands provide excellent views of the race whilst the rest of the track’s facilities are of the highest standard making Jerez one of the best circuits of the championship.
Jerez MotoGP Tickets
You can buy Jerez MotoGP tickets online from numerous websites. 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 and queues to get these few remaining tickets are horrendous. There are usually plenty touts around offering tickets outside the circuit.
2013 Dani Pedrosa – Honda
2012 Casey Stoner – Honda
2011 Jorge Lorenzo – Yamaha
2010 Jorge Lorenzo -Yamaha
2009 Valentino Rossi – Yamaha
2008 Dani Pedrosa – Honda
2007 Valentino Rossi – Yamaha
Other MotoGP Races in Spain
The annual Catalunya MotoGP attracts huge crowds to the Circuit de Catalunya at Montmeló north of Barcelona and is one of the highlights of the motorcycling world championship.
Valencia Moto GP
The Valencia Moto GP attracts bikers from all over Europe to this 150,000 capacity Circuit de Valencia at Cheste.