Date: 3rd September 2023
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.
Italian rider Valentino Rossi has enjoyed six MotoGP victories on this track closely followed by Mallorca’s Jorge Lorenzo on five. The Catalan rider Marc Márquez is a local favourite who has won the event on two occasions including the 2019 Catalunya MotoGP.
Circuit de Barcelona-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.
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 to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
By Train: 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:
- Passeig de Gràcia
- 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.
By Bus: Some bus companies arrange shuttle transfers from Barcelona to the Circuit de Catalunya. Check with Sagales (Passeig de Sant Joan, 52) to see what services they are providing for the MotoGP.
Where to Stay
Hotels in Barcelona: There are limited hotel rooms within close proximity to Montmeló so the vast majority of visitors choose to stay in a Barcelona hotel and head out to the track on raceday.
Campsites Near the Circuit: There is a temporary campsite within the grounds of the Circuit de Catalunya. Alternatively, you can book a pitch at the peaceful Camping El Vedado in Vallromanes which is only 10km from the racetrack.
Hotels in Girona: Rather than stay in Barcelona some visitors decide to stay in and around Girona. Racegoers can take a train from Girona (line 2 for Barcelona) and get off at Montmeló. The journey takes about one hour.
Holiday on the Costa Brava: A great alternative is to book a hotel on the Costa Brava or even book a short holiday at one of its popular resorts which coincides with the Catalunya MotoGP.
Catalunya MotoGP Tickets
Tickets can be purchased online through the official Circuit de Catalunya website and printed out at home. Alternatively, there are a number of reputable motorsport websites which offer packages to the Catalunya MotoGP whilst a multitude of others provide ticket only sales. On the day of the race you can usually buy general admission tickets but the better grandstand seats will usually be sold out. Ordering tickets before travelling is highly recommended.
2019- Marc Márquez
2018- Jorge Lorenzo
2017- Andrea Dovizioso
2016- Valentino Rossi
2015- Jorge Lorenzo
2014- Marc Márquez
2013- Jorge Lorenzo
2012- Jorge Lorenzo
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