Address: Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Autovía A3 Valencia-Madrid, Salida 334. 46380 - Cheste (Valencia), Spain
PH: +34 96 252 52 20
Circuit type: Permanent road course
The 'circuit within a stadium' at Cheste, near Valencia, is a modern marvel; a theatre where racing battles are fought out in clear view of every grandstand seat. Most famous as a MotoGP and World Superbike venue, the circuit has also hosted GP2, DTM, WTCC and World Series by Renault events, as well as being a popular Formula One winter testing venue.
It was built in 1999 by the Government of Valencia to become the nerve centre of the local motorsport industry, forming a hub and training centre for young Spanish talent on two or four wheels.
The circuit is named in honour of Ricardo Tormo, the two-time 50cc Motorcycle World Champion whose promising career was cut short by a horrific testing accident in 1984. A native of Valencia, Tormo had battled leukaemia during his enforced early retirement, succumbing to the disease the year before the circuit opened.
It's fitting then that the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, as it is officially titled, should have seen so much Spanish success over the years. Hosting MotoGP event every year since its opening, home riders have dominated the winners lists. Sete Gibernau started the ball rolling with his 500cc victory for Suzuki back in 2001. The following year Dani Pedrosa kick-started his own very successful relationship with Ricardo Tormo when he won the 125cc Grand Prix on a Honda, moving up to take further wins in the 250cc class in 2004-05.
In 2007 Dani claimed his first MotoGP victory at the Valencia track, repeating the feat in 2009 and again in 2012. Not to be left out, Jorge Lorenzo won for Yamaha in 2010 and 2013. Hector Barbera, Héctor Faubel, Julian Simon, Nico Terol, Maverick Viñales and Marc Marquez have also all added victories in the lower classes, meaning Spaniards have won 18 of the first 45 Grand Prix events held here.
The Cheste track has several layouts, running anti-clockwise with varying lengths. The main Grand Prix course is just over 4km long and comprises five right handed corners, eight left handers and a 650m main straight. Although the track occupies a compact area, the pit complex contains 48 garages whilst the stadium style grandstands can seat up to 120,000 spectators.
The Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo is located in Cheste, only 14 miles / 20 km to the west of Valencia. The nearest airport is Valencia's Manises International Airport, like the circuit on the western edge of the city and approximately 16 minutes drive away.
The circuit is very easy to get to, thanks to its proximity to Valencia and its position alongside the main A3 motorway to Madrid. If arriving by car, the circuit is signposted from exit 334 (Urbanizaciones – Circuito).
Public transport options are also equally good. The circuit has its own railway station used on Grand Prix weekends by trains on the suburban Renfe Cercanía C3 line, making it easy to arrive from Valenica by rail. Bus services are also available from Valencia to the centre of Cheste.