Jerez has always had a close relationship with motorsport, specially with motorbikes. At the beginning of the 60's, Jerez was already organizing the international prestigious race called "Trofeo de la Merced" which attracted the top motorbike riders of that time. Spanish riders like Angel Nieto (13 times World Championship), Ricardo Tormo, Sito Pons, Benjamin Grau, Víctor Palomo or international one like Marco Luchinelli, Barry Sheene, Jan de Vries, Borje Jansson competed in the streets of Jerez.
The result of this long tradition with competition was, decades later, the construction of a permanent race track, with modern and full equipped facilities able to hold the most important motorsport events.
The safety demands related to pit-lane and track forced in 2002 the biggest remodeling in the history of the circuit. New pits, pit-lane, main building, hospital, paddocks, run-off areas, some grandstands....and the construction of an amazing viewing platform just on the start/finish line; beatiful new VIP suites overlooking the start line and a new media center with capacity for over 300 journalist.
On the sporting side, 2002 also meant a decisive change for the Motorcycle World Championship. The 500cc class disappeared, giving way to a new one named MotoGP with four strokes engines instead of two. But the name of the Master of the class did not change....Valentino Rossi won the Jerez race and the championship with his Repsol Honda machine.
Determined not to lose its remarkable international position, in 2008 Jerez made a large remodeling of the escape areas and a new tarmac was laid at the track. In fact, Jerez has never stopped developing its facilities and infraestructures to keep up to the top standars required by the international Federations and is, for this reason, one of the most demanding circuits in the world.