The Circuit de Valencia is located 20km west of Valencia city in the village of Cheste. It is named after the late, local champion and hero Ricardo Tormo and hosts the crucial end of season Valencia MotoGP race. In 1999, it became the third Spanish race along with the existing ones at Jerez and Barcelona. There are several possible layouts of the circuit although the Valencia Moto Grand Prix events take place on a 4 kilometre track that includes five left handed corners, eight right handed corners and a 650m straight. With tight corners on the circuit it is one of the slower GPs although the riders can reach around 200mph on the track’s long straight.
The circuit was basically made for the public. It was studied and built so that no matter where you sit you can pretty much see the entire track. It’s a tight, twisty layout which is often used for Formula 1 tests because of these technical characteristics and the mild local climate. In the pit complex there are 48 garages and the circuit’s grandstands can accommodate 150,000 spectators. This clever positioning of the grandstands means that no matter which ticket you buy you’ll be able follow the whole race without having to rely on the circuit’s TV monitors.
If you’re staying in Valencia and plan on riding or driving to the Moto GP then be sure to leave yourself plenty time as there’s only one road from Valencia to the circuit which creates severe traffic congestion as you approach Cheste. A fine alternative is to take the train (see below) from next to the bullring in the centre of Valencia which stops right outside of the circuit.
Travelling from Valencia City to Cheste
If you’re staying in Valencia and heading out to the track on raceday you should check whether RENFE are putting on a direct train from Valencia Norte station to Cheste. If there is no such service you’ll need to walk from Valencia Norte station along Calle Bailen to the metro station at Bailen. Then you got on the metro train to Valencia-Saint Isidre (about 4 stops). You then walk out of the metro station up the steps to Valencia-Saint Isidre (about 3 minutes) and get on the train to Cheste. About 4 stops later you get off at Circuit R Tormo which is actually the stop before Cheste. It’s about a 20 minute walk then to the circuit. You should allow about 2 hours to get back to Valencia Norte after the race.
The riders, the fans and facilities of the Ricardo Tormo Circuit all help make the annual Valencia Moto GP a memorable event which attracts fans from all over Europe. Unless you’re camping out near the circuit a hotel in Valencia is your best bet for accommodation then travelling daily to the track by road or rail. You can book Valencia GP tickets independently for the event or sign up for a tour package which includes accommodation, daily transfers and a choice of tickets in the grandstands.
Useful Valencia GP Links
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