Ricardo Tormo race track, Valencia. Plan, specifications, track days
The race track in Valencia, also known as the Valencia Circuit or Circuito Ricardo Tormo, was built in 1999 and is considered one of the most important tracks in the world motorsport calendar: each season, a stage at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo traditionally ends with the MotoGP royal motorcycle Grand Prix.
- Location : Spain, Cheste
- Ring length: 4.005 m
- Track width: 12 m Longest straight: 876 m
- Total rotations: 14 (9 left, 5 right)
- Pole position: right
- The direction of movement: counterclockwise Year of foundation: 1999
Every year, the MotoGP Grand Prix in Valencia attracts more than two hundred thousand motorcycling enthusiasts from around the world. Circuito Ricardo Tormo is built in such a way that from each rostrum viewers enjoy a view of the entire track, the length of which is slightly more than 4 thousand meters. The width of the route is 12 meters, with the exception of the launch zone, which is 13 meters wide. The longest straight line is 876 meters and allows you to accelerate to 300 km / h.
Ricardo Tormo’s track, despite the relatively long straight line, is considered the second shortest and second slowest in the MotoGP calendar. Despite the fact that Cheste is not the fastest track, it combines everything that the pilot can desire, plus a couple of insidious turns (turn 5 and 12). Due to a large number of left turns, the right side of the tire cools down, which makes turn 5 dangerous – the “grip” on the front wheel disappears and pilots often fly away at the entrance to the turn. Turn 12 is dangerous for motorcycles of a larger cubic capacity – the way out of it is to climb, which can “take” the pilot off the track due to the heavy load on the shock absorbers. One of the developers of the track configuration at the beginning of its construction was Jorge Martinez Aspar, the owner of the MotoGP Aspar Team, a 4-time World Champion in the past (3 titles in 80cc, 1986, 1987, 1988;
“Valencia seems simple and boring, there are no significant differences in elevation. Despite this, she is very technical, albeit relatively slow in comparison with other tracks. The most difficult element of this track is a bunch of 9-11 turns, as well as a protracted 13th turn – the “drawbar”, which “rides” with full throttle on 250 cc motorcycles. It is generally accepted that there are few places for overtaking on the track: 600s and liters hardly exchange positions, while in the Moto3 class serious battles take place on each section of the track. ”
The track received a complex of 48 technical boxes with a total area of 1625 sq.m., a spacious paddock, a medical center connected to any point on the route, with an autonomous emergency exit and a helipad. In addition, the plan of access and exit roads with a total area of more than 100 thousand square meters, three underground passages were carefully thought out.
The track has a large workload throughout the year, in addition to international competitions, a large number of regional championships are held for lovers of cars and motorsports.
IRTA Best Grand Prix (2003, 2004, 2006), two awards of the World Superbike Championship (2000, 2006), the best Grand Prix Truck (2001). Circuito Ricardo Tormo is currently on the list of the best modern racing tracks. In addition to the MotoGP championship, the track is the base for the Cuna de Campeones children’s championship, as well as the Escuela de Karting Profiltek karting school.