Jerez Fact File

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
First hosting the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix in 1986, Jerez's largestinternational motorsport event is now their round of the MotoGP WorldChampionship. Circuit construction workers recently enjoyed watching MotoGPstars ride during some of the very first four-stroke winter testing asteams visited the circuit during extensive redevelopment of the venue'sPit lane, Pit Garages, Media Center and Race control tower, the culminationof a year-long project completed in time for the Spanish Grand Prix. Thereare 43 new pit boxes while the new 30,000 square metre paddock will have toaccommodate 110 articulated team transporters...

Massive crowds are expected to line the circuit, built in a small valleyamongst the outstanding beauty of the Spanish Sherry-producing capital.Motorcyclists from all over Europe converge on Jerez and surrounding townsfor an impromptu two-wheel festival with the massive party culminating inthe grand prix on Sunday, with over 150,000 fans are expected to create afrenetic atmosphere. Length: 4.243kmWidth: 11 metresDirection: clockwisePole Position: LeftRight Corners: EightLeft Corners: FiveLongest Straight: 600mConstructed: 1986Modified: 1994Lap record: Valentino Rossi (Honda) 1m43.779s 153.430kmh (6/5/01)Pole-setting lap 2001: Valentino Rossi (Honda) 1m42.739s500cc Race Winner 2001: Valentino Rossi (Honda) 47m15.126s 151.639km/h
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