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Argentina off 2013 MotoGP calendar

Spanish government changes Repsol travel advice two days too late to save new 2013 MotoGP event in Argentina.
MotoGP will not return to Argentina next year after the April 14 'To Be Confirmed' place being held open for the event was dropped from the updated schedule.

Last December a three-year deal was announced for the Termas de Río Hondo circuit to host an Argentinian MotoGP from 2013.

However on June 20th, 2012, the Spanish government advised against travel to Argentina for any teams or riders sponsored by Repsol due to "safety reasons", following a dispute between the company and the Argentinean government.

With the travel warning still in place on November 18, the deadline for Dorna to officially propose the 2013 MotoGP calendar to the FIM, the event has been postponed until 2014.

But just two days later, on November 20, the Spanish government informed Dorna that its advice had changed and the travel warning withdrawn!

However "the time for the calendar presentation had already expired and therefore, there was no possibility to include a new MotoGP event," read a statement from Dorna.

"Anyhow, Dorna Sports commits itself to include Gran Premio de la República Argentina on the 2014 Calendar and onwards, to be approved by FIM subject to the homologation of the track, which presumably shall take place within the first quarter of 2013."

The last Argentinian motorcycle grand prix was held in 1999 and MotoGP has been absent from South America since the last of the Brazilian rounds in 2004.

As a result of Argentina's postponement, the opening 2013 event in Qatar will be held a week later than previously listed, in order to reduce the gap before what is now the second round of the season at Austin, Texas.

The 2013 calendar is thus 18 rounds, the same as this season, with the new Austin event replacing Estoril. Jerez remains Subject to Contract.

Updated 2013 MotoGP calendar:

Round 1: 7 April Qatar* Losail
Round 2: 21 April Americas Austin
Round 3: 5 May Spain (STC) Jerez
Round 4: 19 May France Le Mans
Round 5: 2 June Italy Mugello
Round 6: 16 June Catalunya Catalunya
Round 7: 29 June Netherlands** Assen
Round 8: 7 July Germany Sachsenring
Round 9: 21st July United States***Laguna Seca
Round 10: 18 August Indianapolis Indianapolis
Round 11: 25 August Czech Republic Brno
Round 12: 1 September Great Britain Silverstone
Round 13: 15 September San Marino Misano
Round 14: 29 September Aragon Aragon
Round 15: 13 October Malaysia Sepang
Round 16: 20 October Australia Phillip Island
Round 17: 27 October Japan Motegi
Round 18: 10 November Valencia Valencia

* Evening race
** Saturday race
*** Only MotoGP class
(STC) = Subject to Contract




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DM52 - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 2:29 PM

The reason it was such a hot topic was because Argentina announced that they were going to seize the controlling interest of YPF, a Repsol subsiduary, without giving repsol any option. Spain, because Repsol is a spanish company, along with the rest of Europe were naturally a little unnerved by this and legal proceedings between Repsol and Argentina are underway. It is not a sponsorship conflict and in no way does it bring the sport into disripute. I seem to remember plenty of non Repsol riders beating the factory team before, Melandri, Gibernau, Rossi (in the Nastro days), Barros, Capirossi (Pons Hondas) so to say they have a contract with HRC stipulating that satellite riders are not permitted to win is also fairly wide of the mark. It is true, Repsol is regarded as the works team and are expected to win but they are not forcing others to lose on purpose.

johnny - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 2:19 PM

So there are 4 rounds of a global world championship in spain, one of which would have been Argentina if the Spanish hadn't told Dorna what they were allowed to do......hmmmmmmmmmm seems fair that then. I had stopped from commenting on this being a spanish championship, but looks that way now



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