Valencia Circuit

The 2016 season ends in Valencia

The next challenge

The 2016 MotoGP ends in Valencia, on the Ricardo Tormo circuit. And, as tradition dictates, the tickets have all sold out in a matter of weeks.

Over 120.000 spectators will be awaiting the two Aprilia RS-GPs: the Spanish challenge is the perfect occasion to confirm the excellent efforts made in the Far East, with the achievements in Montegi, Philip Island and Sepang.

The circuit is unique, with frequent straights and just as many slow, tight curves.
Here, an agile motorcycle is required to confront the turns and the changes of direction.

Another key element is the front axle, which is under intense pressure in Valencia, and therefore needs to be as stable as possible.

One unpredictable variable is the wind: the sea is close by and the high number of turns exposed to it make the pressure of Mediterranean winds a rival to keep in mind.


Ready. Go.
The race lights go off.

The race begins.
The opening section of the circuit demands a very intense rhythm, with the first two straights interrupted by a single 90° left-hander.
This turn requires a major decelaration.

After that, it’s full throttle until turn 2, a slow left hairpin bend. The direction change between turn 3 and 4 is extremely demanding and requires constant deceleration and full faith in the front axle, before picking up again and tackling turn 5 at full speed. This is a fast right-hander that leads us to the third of Valencia’s straights. Three gear changes later and we reach unbelievable speeds.

We’re nearing the most technically demanding section of the Spanish circuit. To maintain speed, the racers must possess a very physical, aggressive approach: a sudden deceleration in turn 7 leads us to number 8, a wide-angled left-hander.

Now, we come to the swift left-to-right motion of 9 and 10, which lead us boldly to a long right hairpin bend, which marks the exit from this challenging segment. Full throttle now, along the final section of the circuit.

High speed and equally high difficulty is what the racers are pitted against.
The very long turn 13 is tackled with an endless power slide.
It’s followed by turn 14, the last one of the circuit. This is a tight, downhill left-hander which requires extreme precision braking to be entered correctly.

track infos

The Ricardo Tormo circuit, built in 1999 near Cheste, thanks to its mild climate, also hosts numerous winter test sessions for motorcycle and Formula 1 teams. It can accommodate an impressive 120,000 spectators and usually hosts the final round of the World Motorcycle Racing Championship.

Marc Marquez (2019)