14 January 2010
Jerez wins IRTA award.
But it's the final looping left hand hairpin that leads onto the 600m straight which has been the site of some of the most historic passes. Who can forget Valentino Rossi's aggressive pass of Sete Gibernau to win the race in 2005?
Gibernau is but one of the great Spanish riders the country has produced over the life of the circuit, with all honing their craft at Jerez.
Among the home country winners of the Spanish GP are Alberto Puig (1995), Alex Criville (1997, '98, '99), Sete Gibernau (2004), and, most recently, Dani Pedrosa in 2008.
It isn't only the Spaniards who excel in Jerez. Of the 11 winners, all but two had either won or would go on to win world championships. But the most prolific rider is seven-time premier class champion Valentino Rossi, a six-time premier class winner at Jerez, including in 2009.
“As a rule we are very strong at the track and it is always great fun riding there,” Rossi said. “I love Jerez. It's always a brilliant atmosphere and the fans make a big, big party for three days.”
His team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, another homegrown product, agrees. “I think that Jerez is maybe one of the most special circuits in the world,” he said. “To be a MotoGP rider there is like a dream, all the people surrounding you.”
“As Mayoress and president of the Jerez Speed Circuit, I would like to thank the members of IRTA having awarded us with the prize to the best organization among all the circuits that have taken part of the Grand Prix calendar last season 2009,” said Pilar Sánchez Muñoz, the Mayoress of Jerez de la Frontera.
“The Grand Prix of Spain 2010 is faced with renewed hopes, with the attraction of this recognition as a reward that far from relaxing ourselves, is going to be a great incentive to keep improving in the future everything in our hands to make the Grand Prix Spain, in Jerez, unforgettable.”
IRTA Trophy Roll of Honour.
1984: Silverstone / GB.
1985: Hockenheim / Germany.
1986: Nurburgring / Germany.
1987: Assen / Netherlands.
1988: Suzuka / Japan.
1989: Donington Park / GB.
1990: Jerez / Spain.
1991: Donington Park / GB.
1992: Catalunya / Spain.
1993: Eastern Creek / Australia.
1994: Eastern Creek / Australia.
1995: Mugello / Italy.
1996: Mugello / Italy.
1997: Mugello / Italy.
1998: Phillip Island / Australia.
1999: Brno / Czech Republic.
2000: Mugello / Italy.
2001: Catalunya / Spain.
2002: Valencia / Spain.
2003: Valencia / Spain.
2004: Brno / Czech Republic.
2005: Valencia / Spain.
2006: Catalunya / Spain.
2007: Brno / Czech Republic.
2008: Losail / Qatar.
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