Circuit Ricardo Tormo, officially named Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, is the home of the MotoGP calendar’s final race of the season, the Valencia GP.
Located in Cheste, Valencia, the track was named after the late Spanish motorcycling champion Ricardo Tormo. Built in 1998 and inaugurated in 1999, Valencia was added to MotoGP’s calendar in the same year and has remained ever since.
The circuit has previously hosted Formula 1, Formula E, and GP3 tests, rounds of the FIA GT Championship, World Touring Car Championship, European Le Mans Series, DTM, Superbike World Championship, and GP2. Aside from MotoGP, the Spanish Superbike Championship and FIM CEV Repsol also hold annual races in Valencia.
The 4.0km, 12 meter-wide, anti-clockwise circuit consists of 9 left-handed turns, 5 right-handed turns, and a longest straight of 876 meters. Turns 1 and 2 are the best places for overtaking, while the long Turn 13 is considered the most challenging turn at the circuit. It may seem too tight for MotoGP bikes, but with the track set in a natural amphitheater, the fans are treated to an unparalleled view of the action, with the furthest point of the track at most a kilometer away, no matter where you sit or stand.
Being the final race of the season ensures a party atmosphere throughout the race weekend for the 120,000 spectators the circuit can accommodate. Circuit Ricardo Tormo has won the IRTA Best Grand Prix Award several times (2003, 2004, 2006), and is regarded as one of the best modern circuits in the world.
After being the home of Formula E testing since the series was established, Circuit Ricardo Tormo will stage its first race for the series in April 2021.