Opened in 1991, the Circuit de Catalunya with its 1.1 km long straight and many long bends is one of the current TOP circuits for both motorbike GP and Formula 1. Conveniently located on the extended outskirts of the city, it can be easily reached by car or via the airport El Prat, 35 minutes away. A visit to the city centre with its many cultural sights is always recommended. Due to the mild temperatures in winter and spring, the course is particularly suitable for preparing for the season.
The Red Bull Ring, formerly known as Österreichring or A1-Ring, is a race track in the holiday region of Styria (Austria). The track, which has been in use since spring 2011, is characterised by high-speed passages and clean braking points. The ring is closely "leaning" against the landscape, with ascents and descents, but all of them are well visible and offer no unpleasant surprises. In addition to the modern architecture, the circuit is also recommended to visit the extensive motorsport museum and a convincing gastronomy. With the return of the MOTO GP, the track has generated a lot of interest and has become one of the drivers' favourites in a very short time. Attention: is quickly booked up!
The track, which was built in 1977, was part of the GP Circus until 1990 and is probably the "old school" classic par excellence. The twisty but still very fluid course of the curves offers maximum driving pleasure even for beginners. Various elevated curves offer with the unique asphalt mixture an extremely good grip with high cornering speeds especially in the rain. Asphalting in 2018 has further enhanced these positive characteristics. Due to the favourable location to many holiday regions in Istria and Croatia, the date is often used for an extended holiday. Unrivalled are the two simply designed but highly culinary paddock restaurants: cult!
Opened in 2009, the complex with adjacent 3-star hotel is located about 50 km from Bratislava and offers a challenging mix of slow and fast corners on an unusually long circuit of 5.922 km. The special attraction of the track is the quite significant differences in altitude in the infield - at the beginning a bit of getting used to, but from the 2nd day on with "danger of addiction"!
The Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo is a 4.005 km motor sport circuit in Cheste, just 15 km from the Spanish city of Valencia and the international airport. The circuit, which became famous through the annual final race of the MOTP GP, impresses with its unique stadium character and a varied track layout with different curve radii and a "courage summit" in front of the finish curve. Because of the mild climate and cultural connection to the city of Valencia, the track is also popular as a test track for various teams in winter.
The 4.428 km long circuit has been one of the most popular motorbike circuits in Europe, and not only since "Waldi's" World Championship successes. The also architecturally appealing layout with the "UFO" above the pit lane exit offers a 600m long finish straight as well as a fluid combination of different curves, visibly framed in the natural terrain. Due to the mild winter climate of Andalusia, it is particularly suitable for winter events, culturally interesting due to its proximity to Cadiz and Seville - the "sun classic"!
After the latest renovations, the Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours is now one of the most modern and safest race tracks in the world, used by the SBK and Endurance World Championships. Some sections have been modelled on other race tracks and therefore named after them: the Adelaide hairpin, the long Estoril right turn before the straight or the Nürburgring chicane. In addition to the GP circuit, the 350-hectare site includes a 2.53 km long "club" circuit, a 1.1 km long kart track and an off-road area.
The 4.148 km race track is located in the immediate vicinity of the town of Most in the Czech Republic and with 10 right and 8 left turns offers just about everything a racing driver could wish for: long straights, tight corners, uphill and downhill in many variations. Due to its location near the border, the track is especially popular with Germans, Swiss and Austrians. A cultural must is a visit to the castle ruins above the roofs of the city.
The Mugello circuit, located near the Italian town of Scarperia e San Piero, guarantees pure driving pleasure with a varied track layout, uphill and downhill feeling and high curve speeds. The 5.245 km track is particularly popular with super bikers, as they can use their power to the full on the start/finish straight, which is over 1 km long. The Ferrari owned track is also recommended for its high safety standards, spacious pits and an excellent track restaurant.
The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, opened on 2nd November 2008, has in just a few years become one of the classics of winter training in southern Europe. The challenging route impresses with its fast finish line, a few blind corners and an ever-increasing difference in altitude with a courage summit towards the end of the 4.692 km long circuit. Attention: danger of addiction! The Algarve coast is only 20 minutes away and the convenient location to Faro and Portimao is very attractive for tourists.
Named after Enzo and Dino Ferrari, the Imola circuit, near Bologna, is one of the few circuits with an anti-clockwise direction and is known worldwide for its speed. The different characteristics of the chicanes, the fast corners and the uphill and downhill passages make the track quite demanding for the riders. The 4.933 km long circuit with 4 right-hand bends and 6 left-hand bends plus 3 chicanes is both a rider's and a performance track and requires a slightly longer learning curve, which is what makes this track so attractive. An exclusive experience, as it is only rarely available!
Built in 1992 and modernised again in 2004, the track is probably the classic for winter training in Spain. Technically quite demanding and varied, the 3.419 km long circuit is characterised by 18 curves of various radii and some differences in altitude. Located in one of the sunniest regions just one hour south of Alicante, Cartagena also offers tourist highlights with its old town, the deep sea port and the Mar Menor.
The Czech Masaryk Circuit is situated only about 20 km from Brno and has been a fixed part of the Moto-GP calendar for many years. The circuit, which is quite wide at 15m, offers several full throttle sections and gradients of up to 8% on its 5.403 km and 14 corners. The fluid track is easy to learn and therefore ideal for beginners. The course, wonderfully integrated into the landscape, impresses with a spacious paddock, spacious pits and high safety standards with wide run-out zones.
The Circuit of Almería is a race track near the municipality of Tabernas, about 30km from Almeria. Inaugurated in 2000, the circuit is chosen by many World Cup teams for their pre-season workouts due to its low rainfall (3,000 hours of sunshine) and its geographical location. The course has some similarities with Laguna Seca in California due to its topography, climate and surroundings. Technically demanding 4.025 km with an almost 1 km long back straight,12 corners and two courage hills.
Motorland Aragon, located near Alcaniz, became known to all motorbike fans from 2010 with the Moto-GP races held there in front of its characteristic stone wall. The 5.345 km long high-speed circuit is characterised by two 620m and 1,726m long straights and the European version of the "corkscrew curve" similar to Laguna Seca. Technically challenging, the course is situated in a sun-drenched region of Spain and is therefore ideal for winter training.
Bella Italia! The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli is a multiple modernised and technically quite demanding race track near Rimini. With 15 corners and a width of 12 metres, the 4.226 km long circuit is characterised by a high grip surface, the unique combination of curves Tramonto and Curvone and the stadium character of the many accessible grandstands. It has been visited by the Moto-GP and SBK World Championships since 2007 and today it is one of the riders' favourites also by the tourist spots of the Adriatic Sea, only 3 km away.