Circuito de Jerez, now known as Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto, is one of the most well-known and popular MotoGP venues, with its famous on-track battles amidst the Andalusian sunshine, and a local population that is nothing short of fanatical about the sport.
Located close to the city of Jerez de la Frontera and deep within the sherry-producing south of Spain, the Spanish GP at Jerez is one of the four MotoGP events that take place on Spanish soil during the current calendar. Inaugurated in 1985, the circuit hosted its first motorcycling grand prix in 1987, and has never left the MotoGP calendar since.
Jerez has previously hosted Formula One and is still being used as a venue for testing by many race teams throughout the year, especially after the numerous track and venue improvements undertaken starting 2002.
The 4.4 kilometer, 11 meter-wide, clockwise circuit consists of 5 left-handed turns, 8 right-handed turns, and a longest straight of 607 meters. Aside from its consistent pleasant weather, the venue is surrounded by beautiful scenery, has plenty of grandstands that offer varied views, recently-improved facilities, and can accommodate up to 250,000 devoted spectators.
Two significant events were inscribed in the circuit history books during May 2018: On May 2, it was announced that the final corner will be named after active rider and multiple-time Champion Jorge Lorenzo, and the day after, May 3, the circuit was officially renamed in honor of the legendary Spanish motorcyclist Ángel Nieto, who passed away in 2017.
Valentino Rossi is the rider with the most premier class wins on this circuit, while Jorge Lorenzo currently holds the circuit record
Upcoming events at Circuito de Jerez
Please note that events at Circuito de Jerez in 2020 have been impacted by the global coronavirus pandemic. The circuit will host the first two rounds of the revised 2020 MotoGP calendar in July.
Circuito de Jerez is located in Andalusia, in the south of Spain.
- The closest airport is Jerez International Airport (XRY), which is close to the town of Jerez de la Frontera and the circuit. It is served by both discount carriers such as Ryanair (Barcelona and London Stansted), EasyJet (Berlin, London Gatwick) and Vueling (Barcelona, Bilbao, Palma de Mallorca) and full-service airlines, including Iberia (Madrid).
- You can also take a train from Madrid and many other cities to Jerez. Click here for routes and bookings.
- The circuit is not served by any public transport. It’s easy to reach via car, motorbike or taxi – head east from Jerez on motorway A-382 and take Exit 3.
Circuito de Jerez is 10km from the medium-sized city of Jerez de la Frontera, which has a good supply of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.
Click here for all accommodation near Circuito de Jerez.
Other places to consider staying within close proximity of the circuit (and a much bigger selection of accommodation) include Cádiz (40km or 30mins), Seville (90km or 1 hour away) and Malaga (230km, 2.5 hours).
Jerez de la Frontera
Guided tours of Circuito de Jerez are available year-round. You can also visit the circuit museum.
- About: Guided tours of Circuito de Jerez include a photo op on the podium, visits to the Media Centre, Briefing Room and Control Room and VIP Platform.
- How much: €16
- When: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, 11:00-12:00 and 13:00-14:00
- More information & bookings: Click here or call +34 956 15 11 12
The circuit also houses a museum, which is open from 09:00-15:00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays. Admission for adults costs €6 and €3 for concessions. The museum has a good selection of two wheel and four wheel racing machines, including an ex-Nigel Mansell Williams FW11 from 1986. A gift shop is also attached to the museum.
Circuito de Jerez offers regular trackdays for motorbikes
- Check the 2020 schedule for motorbike trackdays here, including contact details for the respective organizers
- For more information about trackdays for cars and driving experiences, we suggest contacting the circuit.