The Jerez paddock is on lockdown: mandatory swabs for everyone, scrupulous daily checks and, of course, the roads blocked outside the circuit and a ban on the public from attending the GP. A few kilometres from the track, however, the scenario is totally different…
For the Spanish race, tens of thousands of motorcyclists usually arrive and parking at the entrance to the circuit is a wonderful sight for the eyes of any two-wheel enthusiast. This year it is empty, but this does not mean that the fans have deserted the event.
Many enthusiasts did not want to give up the party for the GP and some have even gone totally over the limit (of legality). Il Diario de Jerez reports how yesterday evening, in the Avenida Blas Infante south of the city, where motorcyclists meet, there were illegal street races and improvised stuntman shows. The police intervened to stop them and non-registered motorcycles were found in amongst all the checks.
In addition, a large audience gathered around to watch these ‘shows’ and of course masks and social distancing were not respected. Now the police have promised more checks to prevent a recurrence of these situations.