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World Championship faces open new Spanish circuit

World Championship faces open new Spanish circuit

Jorge Lorenzo and Toni Elias amongst guests at Parcmotor de Castelloli.

The new Parcmotor de Castelloli circuit in Barcelona, Spain, united a number of homegrown talents this past Saturday for the grand opening of the road track. MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Toni Elias were joined by former World Champions Alex Criville, Sito Pons and Emilio Alzamora, plus 125cc stars Pol Espargaro, Joan Olive and Marc Marquez, in giving their support for the track.

Almost all of the paddock faces took part in a group lap of honour to mark the opening of the track, part of an ambitious facility that has previously held the Trial des Nations team event and will include several road races and a riding school. Marquez was chosen to cut the ribbon to officially declare the track open.

The near 4,200 metre circuit also incorporates other shorter layouts for two-wheel competition, and received a glowing review from the riders, summed up by Olive.

“It is a beautiful track, surrounded by nature. The corners are incredible, based on other tracks. I hope that one day the World Championship will come here, because it is very well made.”

MotoGP, 2009

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