14 January 2010
Jerez wins IRTA award.
Jerez has been voted the 2009 IRTA 'Best Grand Prix' of the MotoGP World Championship season.
The award was announced by IRTA president Herve Poncharal: “We are delighted at Jerez winning the Best Grand Prix Poll for the first time since 1990. This is one of the traditional homes of MotoGP, serving an incredible atmosphere as teams and fans gather here for the first European event of the season.
“Jerez has always been a fantastic location for the Grand Prix, a great racetrack with the huge crowds giving the event a unique atmosphere, one which truly highlights the passion and excitement of MotoGP. It also has the accolade of being the longest standing of the three racetracks that make up the Spanish rounds of MotoGP.
“Jerez works year on year to improve it's facilities for teams and spectators alike, and since the construction of the new pit and paddock facility, first used by MotoGP in 2003, it has set a benchmark for other circuits to emulate.
“The summer of 2008 saw the completion of the new road infrastructure leading to the circuit, which highlights the attention the circuit and local government has paid to all aspects relating to the Grand Prix and not just those within the confines of the circuit itself.
“In addition to the great facilities and atmosphere, Jerez has a long standing and loyal staff that always make our visit to Andalucia a pleasurable one. Whether we are here for the Grand Prix or for testing, the circuits' staff have always paid the utmost attention to our needs, and along with our congratulations on winning this award we would like to offer special thanks to Juan Alvarez, Jose Ramon Garcia, Maria Escribano, Pablo Fernandez, Alfredo Franco and Raul Zarzuela for all the hard work they have put in over the years"
A mecca for two-wheeled racing in one of the most motorcycle-friendly countries in the world, Jerez regularly hosts crowds in excess of 120,000 for one of the must-see GP's on the MotoGP calendar.
The circuit in the sherry country was built in 1986 and the Spanish Grand Prix first made its home there a year later. In 1988, the track played host to the Portuguese Grand Prix while the Spanish Grand Prix moved to Jarama.
The Spanish GP returned to Jerez in 1989 and has remained a fixture ever since, making it among the longest continuously serving Grand Prix venues. A year later, in 1990, the track earned its first IRTA Best Grand Prix award.
A technical track with a variety of corners, from dead stop hairpins to long sweepers, Jerez requires precision and smoothness on braking, corner entry, and with throttle control, as many of the corners are taken in second, third, and fourth gears. The turns with the hardest sustained braking, turns one and Dry Sack (turn six), are where much of the passing is done.
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