- "If the information in my databanks are accurate, during the last decades of the Old Republic podraces were run on this track. The series was formed and controlled by the Hutts many years ago. Following the decline of podracing's popularity, this track was more or less abandoned by the Hutts. It was eventually taken over by a small band of swoop racers, who used it to stage a regular series of semi-legitimate races."
- ―The race coordinator, to a spacer
The Mos Espa Circuit, also known as the Mos Espa Raceway or the Mos Espa Podrace circuit, and later the Old Mos Espa Arena Circuit, was a podracing and later swoop-racing track located on the desert planet of Tatooine close to Mos Entha.
Mos Espa Ciruit was where the Boonta Eve Classic podrace was held annually. Following the decline of podracing popularity with the departure of public spectacle and Jabba Desilijic Tiure, the most powerful of the Hutt gangsters on Tatooine, moved from the port city of Mos Espa in favor of the growing city of Mos Eisley, the course was left largely abandoned. During the Galactic Civil War, the local swoop gangs used this track for their own racing events. In 8 ABY, Han Solo test drove the Novastar swoop at the circuit to find Kitster Chanchani Banai, who had stolen a piece of Alderaanian moss art.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
The film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace marks the first appearance of the Mos Espa Circuit. The Circuit is depicted differently in various Star Wars media. Based on the course shown in the film, the 2000 reference book Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Episode I provides a map of the Mos Espa Circuit, although the track featured in the Racer Rush video game is much more simplistic than the one displayed in The Phantom Menace: it does not include the tunnel segment and it takes only up to 2 minutes to race through its one lap. However, the Mos Espa Circuit in the Star Wars Galaxies video game is in keeping with the layout from Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Episode I. The Old Mos Espa Arena Circuit was added to Star Wars Galaxies with the "Publish 9.2", released on July 27, 2004.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Pit Droids
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (First appearance)
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided (as Aartan Race Track)
- Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game – Threat of the Conqueror (The Skulls promotional scenario)
- Tatooine Ghost
- Racer Rush (as Mos Espa Raceway)
- Rebel Force: Target (Mentioned only) (as Mos Espa Podrace circuit)
Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Episode I
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia (First identified as Mos Espa Circuit)
- Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game – The Shadow Syndicate (Card: Mos Espa Race)