Paul Ricard HTTT Circuit
The Paul Ricard circuit hosts a variety of car, motorcycle and bicycle races each year on its 167 track configurations ranging from 826 to 5,861 metres. Created in 1970, this legendary circuit has hosted 14 Formula 1 French Grand Prix races, 22 Bol d’Or motorcycle endurance races and 13 motorcycle Grand Prix world championships. In 1999, the Paul Ricard circuit closed for renovation work to transform it into an innovative new circuit. The Paul Ricard HTTT (High Tech Test Track), as it is now known, once again hosted an international motorcycle racing championship in 2015 with the return of the Bol d’Or round of the FIM EWC.
The Bol d’Or, which is taking place for the 80th time in 2016, has been held at different circuits over the years. Initially a road race when it was created in 1922, it later moved to various purpose-built circuits – Montlhéry, Le Mans, Paul Ricard and Nevers Magny-Cours – before returning to Castellet and the Paul Ricard circuit in 2015.
Landmark dates of the Paul Ricard circuit
19 April 1970: Inauguration
1971: First F1 French Grand Prix
1973: First motorcycle French Grand Prix
1980: First Bol d’Or
1999: Purchase by a new buyer and start of work to renovate and redevelop the circuit
2002: Re-opening as the Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track
2006: Circuit gains FIA approval
2009: Circuit re-opened to the public, with 10 to 20 events per year
2015: Return of the Bol d’Or to the Paul Ricard circuit