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A lap of Jerez

A lap of Jerez

A lap of Jerez

Jerez, host of the 2005 World Championship's opening round, is one of the most popular events on the MotoGP calendar, regularly attracting weekend crowds in excess of 200,000. Constructed in 1986, the track hosted its first Grand Prix the following year and has remained on the World Championship calendar ever since. But this is the first time that Jerez has hosted a season-opening GP.

Most riders love the Andalusian venue because it's a track that can reward real rider talent over pure machine performance. Many of the circuit's 13 corners flow into one another, placing the emphasis on smooth, neat riding and stable, all-round machine performance.

The circuit character places particular emphasis on front-tyre grip, though the many slow-speed turns also require MotoGP riders to control wheelspin as they power out of the corners. Three years ago the track underwent resurfacing and total reconstruction of its infrastructure.


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