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MotoGP test to be held in Argentina

MotoGP to make its debut at Argentina's Circuito Internacional Termas de Río Hondo in July.
A MotoGP test session is to be held at Argentina's Circuito Internacional Termas de Río Hondo, ahead of its planned race debut in 2014.

The test will take place in the first week of July, following the Dutch TT at Assen.

MotoGP riders and teams will move swiftly from The Netherlands to Argentina and the province of Santiago del Estero. They will also visit capital city Buenos Aires for a selection of media commitments.

Not all MotoGP teams will attend: "Several representatives of the World Championship - including those of marques such as Honda, Ducati and Yamaha - will take part in official trials in Argentina," read a Dorna statement.

The five-day program will include two days of testing at the circuit.

Argentina, which last hosted a Motorcycle Grand Prix round in 1999, was due to return to the MotoGP calendar this season.

However the event was postponed after the Spanish government advised any teams or riders sponsored by Repsol not to travel due to "safety reasons". That warning has already been lifted.

MotoGP has been absent from South America since the 2004 Rio round.

Tagged as: Honda , Yamaha , Ducati , Assen , Dutch TT

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DC - Unregistered

April 10, 2013 12:31 PM

So the CRTs and Satellite teams are once more left with a disadvantage of not having tested at a circuit. And flying the teams and bikes all the way from the Netherlands to Argentina just for a test and PR stunt? Could they have picked two points on the globe further apart? Way to save costs Dorna!


April 10, 2013 12:33 PM

re: "MotoGP has been absent from South America since the 2004 Rio round." yup, and the question the intelligent person is obligated to ask is why...? "yellow fever" and brand VR46 were at an all time high. add to that the protagonists of biaggi, melandri, capirossi, gibernau, barros (brazilian btw) suzuki, kawi, 250 and 125 2-strokes, and big money "tomacco" sponsorship were all present and accounted for and yet they called... NO MAS...?!

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