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.
Circuito de Jerez (Circuit of Jerez), formerly known as Circuito Permanente de Jerez, is a racing circuit located close to the city of Jerez de la Frontera, deep within the sherry-producing south of Spain. The project was led by the Spanish engineer Manuel Medina Lara, based on a preliminary idea from Alessandro Rocci.