Argentina To Host A MotoGP Race From 2013?

We already know that 2013 will be a big year for MotoGP in the Americas. With the addition of the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, the total number of MotoGP rounds in the United States will increase to three, with Austin joining Indianapolis and Laguna Seca on the calendar. And according to reports in the Argentinian press, there could be a fourth round of MotoGP in the Americas, with a South American race joining the three North American rounds of the series.

The reports state that the Las Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina is due to sign a contract with Dorna to host a round of the MotoGP championship from 2013 through to 2015. The contract will be signed in the next few days, as the Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is in France to sign, among other things, contracts with the ASO for the extension of the Dakar Rally, and she will be present at the signing with Dorna. 

Rumors that an Argentinian round of MotoGP would take place emerged much earlier in the year, when Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta's right-hand man Javier Alonso inspected the Las Termas de Rio Hondo circuit and expressed his approval of the facility. The reports in the Argentinian press confirm that the earlier speculation was well-founded, and see MotoGP make a welcome return to South America. There has been some criticism of the series over the fact that although MotoGP is a world championship, it is still largely a European affair, with a couple of trips to the US, Asia and Australia, and no races in South America or Africa.

The 2013 MotoGP calendar could see a fairly major shakeup: with at least two new circuits entering the calendar (Austin and Las Termas de Rio Hondo), and another candidate in India, as well as other potential targets such as the Ukraine and Singapore, the calendar could be expanded to 20 or more rounds. The new calendar would require more careful logistical coordination, with Dorna and IRTA keen to cut costs by keeping flyaway races together, reducing shipping costs for overseas rounds. The Argentinian round could be part of that consolidation, with the race being placed together with one of the US rounds - most likely the race in Austin - to limit the four American rounds of MotoGP to two back-to-back affairs, with Laguna Seca and Indianapolis likely to stay paired together, and Austin and Argentina another possible pairing.

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I would guess none. If they add two rounds and then the article said the series may expand to 20 rounds or more then I don't think anything would need to be removed. I just don't see when they could put in more rounds unless it is in March. MotoGP seems to start much later than WSBK. I had heard earlier this year that this could be the last year of Brno, but now I am reading that it is on the calendar for next year. If any round had to be removed I would hope for Motegi, Estoril, Le Mans, Indy, or San Marino. I guess Laguna would be a good one to axe since the support classes don't even travel there.

that MotoGp should expand their schedule. The 3 and sometimes 4 weeks between races gives some fringe fans time to find other entertainment in this," i want it now" generation. Staying in the face of the fan is how you keep interst in a series. There should never be more than 2 weeks between races.

Do you say "not Laguna" because that is the closest race for you or is it because you think it is a great track for MotoGP? Indy is only about a 4-5hr drive for me, but I still think it should be dropped.

It has provided some pretty good racing in the last few years. Not to mention that Yamaha sunk quite a lot of money into the track for upgrades. Would be a shame to use that money, and not have the track scheduled (For Yamaha).

They could lose one of the Spanish rounds or Italian ones... With the way the world economy is looking that may no longer be unthinkable.
It would be great to return to South America, sad when they left.

Hope they don't drop Laguna but at the same time I wish Laguna would upgrade to better facilities so the support classes could come too. From what I hear the neighbors are starting to get whiny so this may not happen.
Good for Argentina though, glad racing is returning to South America. Maybe.

The neighbors have been whiny for a long time now. Also, is that why the support classes don't come? Because lack of facilities? Seems like there would be plenty of room without AMA there, eheh.

With 5 races on the Iberian peninsula, Dorna should look in their own backyard before they start pruning elsewhere. Personally I wouldn't be too upset to lose the cookie-cutter F1 tracks like Estoril and/or Catalunya.

And on another note, Qatar is a complete waste of time.

Just a typo? I think not. Sate is defined as: 1. To satisfy (an appetite) fully. 2. To satisfy to excess.