A twisty circuit crammed into a relative small area, the Circuito Permanente de Jerez is a permanent fixture on the MotoGP calendar and has hosted a race since 1987, shortly after it was built. It also hosted F1 Grand Prix through the 1990s and has served as a venue for the European Grand Prix, as well as testing. It hosts one of four MotoGP races that are held in Spain.
Raced in a clockwise direction the circuit presents eight right hand turns and five left handers, with several straights. The track is 2.748 miles (4.423kms) in length and has been mastered most effectively by Valentino Rossi, who has won the MotoGP here six times.
Recent modifications have been made to the Paddock and pit box areas of the circuit, as well as resurfacing the track in 2003 to eliminate its famous bumps, turning it into one of the best equipped circuits in the World Championship. In 2013, it was announced that the final corner of the track would be re-named in honour of the Spanish MotoGP rider and champion Jorge Lorenzo.
Hard settings are favoured in suspension for Jerez due to its long straits followed by hairpin turns. Gear ratios are usually very short, and with the increased power it is not uncommon to see wheelies in higher gears. The race (usually held in March) produces some high temperatures here, presenting tyre challenges.
Spanish riders have dominated in Jerez, with four Spanish winners since 2008. In 2013, Spaniard Dani Pedrosa (Honda) won the Spanish Grand Prix, followed by team mate Marc Marquez (Honda) and Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha).
Jerez Airport is located three miles (5kms) north of the city. The Spanish national carrier, Iberia, flies daily to Madrid and Barcelona, and Ryanair flies weekly to London Stansted. A new toll motorway links Jerez to Seville and rail services run frequently and directly to Jerez from Barcelona and Madrid. On race days a good network of transportation buses spectators out to the track. From the airport, follow the N-1V route towards Jerez, but then follow directions to Seville, picking up the ‘circuito’ signs to join the N382 to the track.