TERMAS DE RIO HONDA, Argentina – Dorna Sports has announced that MotoGP is officially returning to Argentina beginning next season to the newly built Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, which is currently hosting a preliminary MotoGP and Moto2 test.
National Tourism Minister Enrique Meyer was present alongside Dorna Managing Director Events Area, Javier Alonso, to finalize the contract, which will see the premier class of motorcycle racing return to Argentina for the first time since 1999 on a three-year deal.
“It is a great honour to receive this championship in Argentina in addition to other sporting events that take place in our country such as the Dakar Rally,” Meyer said. “We hope that the Argentine public can enjoy the top class of motorcycle racing, which hasn’t come to our country since 1999, and we will do our best to make sure MotoGP stays in our country for a long time.”
During his visit to the track today, Meyer was accompanied by the Governor of the Province of Santiago del Estero, Gerardo Zamora, and the Executive Secretary of the National Institute of Tourism, Leonardo Boto. Together they toured the circuit facilities and greeted the riders of both categories.
“We are getting very good reviews from the riders in relation to the circuit, due to the high speed corners in which competitors test their abilities,” Meyer said. “We are excited to host this event [the test], which serves as preparation for the Grand Prix in 2014.
“Seeing all the motorcycle enthusiasts that have come to witness the MotoGP and Moto2 test is the most concrete proof that sporting events and tourism are two tools that go together and should be exploited for the better to maximize the benefits for each of the provinces of Argentina.”