Introduction to Spanish MotoGP
In Spain, MotoGP is one of the most exciting and popular sports in Spain and produces some of the most talented riders. Every year, the Spanish Motorcycle Grand Prix takes place in Jerez de la Frontera, in the region of Andalusia, at the Jerez-Ángel Nieto Circuit. Three additional MotoGP events also take place in Spain throughout the season, which are the Catalan Grand Prix (Barcelona), the Aragon Grand Prix (Aragon) and the Valencian Community Grand Prix (Valencia). The next Spanish MotoGP Grand Prix is set to take place at The Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia on the 16th-18th November 2018 to celebrate the grand finale of season.
MotoGP in Valencia
A Brief History
The first annual MotoGP competition was held in 1949, making it the oldest motorsport World Championship. Motorcycle Grands Prix have been held in various countries since the beginning of the 1900s. However, the start of the Second World War interrupted the competition and it took some time after the war for fuel to become available to create a true international series. Moving into the 60s, MotoGP was boosted by the boom of the Japanese motorbike industry which involved manufacturers such as Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha participating in their first World Championships. To this day these manufacturers are the biggest participants in modern day racing. The late 60s also saw the glory of the most successful rider so far in the history of MotoGP World Championships – Giacomo Agostini. Agostini took 10 of his 15 titles in five successive seasons as double champion in two different racing classes.
The Spanish Hosts
As mentioned above, MotoGP events take place in four different areas of Spain throughout the season. The season traditionally starts in Jerez in May. The competition continues in Barcelona during June, moves to Aragon around the end of September and the season finishes with the grand finale in Valencia around the end of October or beginning of November.
Jerez de la Frontera
Jerez has always had a close relationship with motorsport, particularly motorbikes. Jerez was already organising prestigious international competitions in the 60s which attracted the top riders of the time. Due to this long tradition with competition, a permanent race track was built decades later, equipped with modern facilities to host the most important motorsport events. Today, Jerez Ángel Nieto Circuit is still one of the most attractive MotoGP tracks. The 4,423m long track with 13 low, medium and high speed curves is technically ideal and is used as a home testing circuit for Spanish Formula 1 teams.
jerez Ángel Nieto Circuit
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalyuna is located in Montmeló and was inaugurated in 1991; a project driven by the Catalan Government, the Royal Automobile Club and the Montmeló Town Council. The MotoGP Grand Prix was introduced to its calendar in the following season, and has hosted the Spanish F1 Grand Prix and the Catalan MotoGP Grand Prix every year since. During its 25 years the circuit has become one of the best permanent racetracks and also serves as a unique venue to host a variety of events. Thanks to its privileged location, only a few kilometres away from Barcelona, it also offers several very attractive options for tourists.
Motorland Aragón was designed by well-known German architect Hermann Tilke alongside a British architecture firm. The facility incorporates 3 main zones – a technology park, a sports area and a leisure and culture area. It was announced in 2010 that the circuit would the Aragon MotorGP Grand Prix. MotorLand Aragón continues growing steadily and has managed to quickly become one of the worldwide benchmarks as a motorsports complex. The track now hosts some of the most significant series in the world, including the World Series and probably the three most important motorcycling championships: the MotoGP World Championship, the FIM Superbike World Championship and the FIM CEV Repsol.
Motorland Aragón track
The Spanish Riders
Spain is extremely well known for its high number of talented MotoGP riders.
Marc Márquez: Youngest ever GP winner and MotoGP World Champion - The youngest ever premier class race winner in the sport's history became its youngest World Champion at just 20 years old, and now already has five premier-class titles under his belt at just 25 years of age.
Jorge Lorenzo: First Spaniard to win more than one MotoGP title – Lorenzo began participating in MotoGP in 2008 after having taken back-to-back 250cc world titles. He won the MotorGP title in 2010 to give Spain its second premier class World Champion, and a repeat in 2012 made him the country's first multiple MotoGP title winner.
Dani Pedrosa: One of Spain’s most decorated riders – Pedrosa stepped into MotoGP in 2006 and has been consistently successful ever since. The beginning of his career saw him win consecutive 125cc and 250cc titles and then finish second in his debut MotoGP race. Although he is yet to claim a MotoGP title, he has finished runner up 3 times. He is now in his 12th premier class campaign.
Youngest ever MotoGP Winner Marc Márquez
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Map of Spanish MotoGP circuits