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Phillip Island Shanghai Brno Donington Park Le Mans Sachsenring Mugello Motegi Sepang Assen Estoril Losail Catalunya Istanbul Laguna Seca

Losail Circuit

Built near the capital of Qatar, Losail hosted its first race in October 2004. The 5.4 Km circuit is surrounded by artificial grass to prevent sand from the desert from blowing onto the track.

Istanbul Park Circuit

Designed by renowned circuit designer Herman Tilke, this track features dramatic elevation change and extremely fast and challenging corners. Located on the Asian side of the capital of Turkey, Istanbul Park Circuit opened in 2004 and held its first MotoGP race in 2005.

Shanghai Circuit

A relatively new track, and the only Grand Prix circuit in China, Shanghai Circuit hosted its first MotoGP race in 2005. The track is an architectural masterpiece and is one of the few tracks where bikes exceed 200mph.

Le Mans

Stepped in history, the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix circuit was originally built in 1965. Between 1995 and 2001 this French track was redesigned to provide greater safety to riders and spectators alike. Le Mans is a very technical track that is extremely demanding on both machines and riders.


Located in the beautiful countryside of Tuscany, Italy, Mugello is one of the classic tracks of the Grand Prix championship. Built in 1973, Mugello hosted its first Grand Prix in 1976. Mugello has been on the MotoGP schedule every year since 1991. The track has a reputation for providing a safe yet challenging race venue.

Circuit de Catalunya

Only a short distance from Barcelona, Spain, the Circuit de Catalunya hosted its first MotoGP race in 1995. This exquisite track is revered as one of the best tracks on the schedule, and in 2001 it won the IRTA “Best Grand Prix” award.


Located in southern Spain, Jerez is known for its fanatical fans, good weather, and beautiful scenery. The facility was originally built in 1986 and was modified in 2001 and 2005. Jerez can accommodate close to 250,000 spectators.

Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana

Completed in 1999, Valencia is the newest Grand Prix circuit in Spain. The track has a unique layout that allows spectators to view the entire track from anywhere in the grandstands. From the riders’ perspective, the track is small and technical, although it always produces high quality racing.


The longest serving track on the MotoGP calendar, Assen has held a round of the World Championship every year since 1949. Located in the Netherlands, this narrow, twisting track has been modified several times, most recently between the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

Donington Park

Originally built for motorcycle racing in 1931, Donington Park closed down during the Second World War. It was not until 1977 that the circuit reopened and it now regarded as one of the best tracks in Britain.


Built in 1996, Sachsenring does double duty as a driver training center and transportation safety station. This German circuit hosted its first MotoGP event in 1998, and was redesigned for the 2001 season. Sachsenring is one of the slower, more technical tracks on the Grand Prix calendar.

Laguna Seca

The only MotoGP track in the United States, Laguna Seca is a highly technical track with massive elevation changes. The track is famous for the “Corkscrew” a section of track that drops steeply away as riders negotiate a tight left-right chicane.

Automotodrom Brno

Home to Grand Prix events since the 1930’s, the city of Brno in the Czech Republic built a dedicated circuit in the 1980’s. In 1987, Brno hosted the first FIM Czech Grand Prix. Characterized by fast, undulating corners and significant elevation change, Brno is considered to be a very difficult track.

Sepang Circuit

Located south of Malaysian city Kuala Lumpur, Sepang is one of the most visually impressive of the season. Featuring dynamic architecture and an on site shopping mall and golf course, Sepang has something for everyone. The track itself has a unique combination of high speed straights followed by slow to medium speed corners. The design of the circuit promotes frequent overtaking and makes for spectacular racing.

Phillip Island

Just off the coast of Australia, Phillip Island is a beautiful circuit with a breathtaking ocean view. One of the fastest, most fluid tracks that the riders face, this circuit is know for being very difficult if the wind coming off of the ocean is strong. Phillip Island has been on the MotoGP calendar since 1997.


Built as a test facility by Honda, Motegi is the last remaining Japanese Grand Prix. As well as offering a world class motorcycle racing venue, Motegi offers spectators the Honda Collection hall, a renowned racing museum.


Located on the coast of Portugal, Estoril hosted its first MotoGP race in 2000. The circuit has a combination of constant radius corners and heavy braking zones. Estoril is known for being tricky to ride, as the racing surface is fairly bumpy.

Satellite images of circuits

Google Earth makes it possible to view some of the MotoGP circuits from satellite images:

Donington ParkJerezMugelloPhilip IslandSachsenringAssen
  1. Assen, Netherlands
  2. Brno, Czech Republic
  3. Catalunya, Spain
  4. Donington Park, U.K.
  5. Estoril, Portugal
  6. Istanbul, Turkey
  7. Jerez, Spain
  8. Laguna Seca, U.S.A.
  9. Le Mans, France
  10. Losail, Qatar
  11. Motegi, Japan
  12. Mugello, Italy
  13. Phillip Island, Australia
  14. Sachsenring, Germany
  15. Sepang, Malaysia
  16. Shanghai, China
  17. Valencia, Spain
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