The Termas De Rio Hondo circuit has extended its contract to host the Argentina round of MotoGP through 2025.
The renewal of the contract comes as a double surprise. Firstly, because a large part of the building housing the pit boxes and media center burned down in an electrical fire earlier this year.
There were fears the facilities would not be restored to the level required by Grand Prix racing due to a lack of investment, but the circuit is close to completing the repairs and rebuilding ready for next year.
Secondly, because of the difficulties of reaching Termas de Rio Hondo, and the relative lack of accommodation in the area, there had been persistent and credible rumors that MotoGP would not return to the circuit.
Instead, it was said, the race would move to the San Juan Villicum circuit, which hosts WorldSBK.
The importance of the South American market, and the desire of local and regional politicians to keep the race at the circuit has proved decisive. The track is to remain on the calendar for the next four seasons.
This is also good news for MotoGP. The layout of the track – fast, flowing, challenging – makes it one of the few circuits where a MotoGP machine can truly stretch its legs.
Source: MotoGP; Photo: Repsol Honda