MotoGP To Test In Argentina After Assen - UPDATED

With MotoGP scheduled to race in Argentina in 2014, the MotoGP teams will be heading down to the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit between the Assen and Sachsenring races in July to conduct a two-day test at the track, as well as take part in a number of promotional activities. The test, to be organized by Dorna, will see a number of teams participate, with Dorna announcing that teams representing the three factories racing in MotoGP will at least be present at the circuit.

Exactly which teams will attend is not entirely clear. The press release is worded vaguely, saying only that Honda, Yamaha and Ducati teams will be present. Given that the factory Ducati team was absent at the private test organized at Austin - and given that Ducati hopes to be a lot more competitive in 2014 than they were in 2013 - it seems obvious that Ducati will attend the test. According to, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha and Pramac Ducati teams are also likely to attend, as will the Gresini Honda squad. 

The big question is whether the factory teams will attend, and especially Repsol Honda. The Argentinian circuit was originally placed on the 2013 calendar, but the lingering dispute between Argentina and the Spanish government over the confiscation of the Argentine branch of Repsol, Repsol YPF, was cause for it to be postponed. That dispute simmers on, and it is unclear whether Repsol Honda would consider it safe to travel to Argentina at the moment.

The test in Argentina also makes a mockery of the cost-cutting agenda in recent years. By having the test between two European rounds - Assen and Sachsenring - the bikes and teams will be shipped across the Atlantic three times during July. From Assen to Termas de Rio Hondo, from Termas de Rio Hondo to the Sachsenring, and from the Sachsenring to Laguna Seca. Unless Dorna is covering the costs for the test, this could turn into a very expensive trip.

~~~ UPDATE ~~~

It appears that Repsol Honda, Factory Yamaha and LCR Hondas will not take part in the Argentina test. The idea, has learned, is to compensate the teams who did not make it to Austin for the private test held there, and give them some experience at the track before the race next year. Those riders will then be at an advantage at Argentina, to make up for being at a disadvantage at Austin.

Having the Repsol Honda team skip the test also means that there will be more time for the political problems which exist between Argentina and Repsol to be resolved. Whether that happens is open to question: the conflict has already been dragging on for over a year, and the Argentinian government has shown little inclination to budge from its current position, and even less inclination to compensate Repsol, given the severe economic problems it faces, largely, it must be said, of its own making.

Below is the press release from Dorna:

Argentina to welcome MotoGP™ this year for test

With the 2013 MotoGP™ World Championship having been launched last weekend, it has been confirmed that some teams will head to Argentina later this year for a test session to be staged at the Circuito Internacional Termas de Río Hondo in the first week of July, just after the IVECO TT Assen.

Between 1st and 5th July, 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.

Several representatives of the World Championship - including those of marques such as Honda, Ducati and Yamaha - will take part in official trials in Argentina.

The program will include two days of intensive work on the track, where each team will focus on their competitiveness, while being able to extract data for the circuit for when the Grand Prix of Argentina is added to the calendar in 2014.

MotoGP is the premier motorcycling competition in the world and, for this reason, official tests are key to ensuring the development of reliability and competitiveness at the highest levels. Making best use of the official timing system, teams and riders will be looking to configure their motorcycles to perfection across each and every lap.

Details of the testing schedule for the Official Test in Argentina, as well as full lists of media activities and information on those taking part, will be available in due course.

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As an Argentinian myself I wanna let you guys know that the Argentinian GP test and next years race will be in the wintertime down there... Just interesting that in the middle of the heat and summer just about everywhere else, on that one GP it's gonna be the opposite.

Espeleta puts his foot deep in it! After just announcing that testing will be limited this year, likely in response to criticism about the Austin test, Dorna comes up with this statement about how important testing is to MotoGP! Super PR for the series.
I doubt that smaller teams will be able to afford the trip and so it will pretty much duplicate the Austin test + Ducati.
Nothing has been announced about the resolution of the Repsol problem (as you mentioned) so political problems are likely for Honda Repsol and it's a Winter test for a Winter race next year!
What is Dorna smoking?

It's going to be interesting how Repsol handle this. On one hand they have a contract with Dorna. On the other, they are in a legal battle with the government of Argentina. To be honest, as big as Repsol is in GP(all 3 classes). I'm surprised that this is even a go.

Why must the team that didn't go to Austin be compensated? Private testing was not illegal at the moment so the advantage that they have at that track is just as unfair as any other large budget advantage. Were the team that went to Austin informed that they'd be banned from going to Argentina? (The test there was announced short after the GP was cancelled).

I took a peep, but cannot read/speak Spanish/Portuguese/Argentinian.
The only thing I thought I could understand was the picture, of MotoGP bikes racing.....but no, I cannot understand that either.

With a little caption that says, "blah blah blah 2013", we have, coming up the rear, Colin Edwards on a Tech3 bike, following Pedrosa on a Repsol, who is chasing down Bautista on a Rizzla Suzuki....!!!!.....and topped off with Rossi leading on a Duke...???
2011 me thinks...LOL

MotoGP, welcome to Argentina :O)

Been there, B.A. is a wonderful city, inexpensive by No. American standards, great restaurants, cafes, night life. Crime is somewhat of an issue, if your relly clueless. No idea where the track is in relation to Buenos Aires, but bus service is pretty good throughout the country from B.A.. Airfares would be off-season so they would be readily available and less costly then the holidays through Jan.-Feb. traditional Argentine vacation period. Not sure about their MotoGP creed, big into F1.

625 miles north-northwest from Buenos Aires to Termas de Rio Hondo. Different foods and more of an Argentinian native style city rather than the mix of BA. Come to find out it won't be too cold even in the middle of winter, maybe 50's 60's.

as an argentinian i send a message of welcome to all motogp fans to my homeland

first a "travel" note, termas de rio hondo is a long shot from buenos aires so any visitor must plan ahead the how and when

but i´m writing for other reason

i find rather insulting to keep citing the official press release of repsol/dorna/spanish government (don´t know where to diferentiate one from the other) in which states "safety" reasons to travel to argentina without knowing a damn about argentina.

safety in what sense? personal? there have been no incidents against foreigners... political? patrimonial? argentina is a country of pacific law abiding people, like usa, uk, italy or france to say

this one sided hypocritical view has no reason in the XXI century, the politic/economic conflict btw argentina and repsol is a matter of politics not sports or at least i think so.

the origin of the conflict btw argentina and repsol has another point of view, the causes of the expropiation (not confiscation) of a part of the shares (control) are different to what repsol has said the rest of the world. argentina overreacted to the wrong doings of repsol maybe yes or maybe not. time will tell.

i´d be more afraid to travel to spain and get caught in the middle of a protest against the banks that are stealing (sorry "repossessing") their homes.

things are not always the story the bullyboys tell

please keep politics to politics and sport to sport and please feel welcomed to argentina


Without entering into the politics of the expropriation... what Repsol and the Spanish government wanted is to boycott the Argentinian race, claiming safety reasons is just a diplomatic way of doing so. Or was Argentina any safer before the expropriation than after?

So there is no need to feel offended as nobody believes Argentina is unsafe, neither Repsol, neither the MotoGP world.

Hopefully the political mess will not spark again and prevent us from enjoying a winter race next year, in the middle of what we call summer up here ;)

Looking forward to it.

although i would suggest David that comments such as "[...]given the severe economic problems it faces, largely, it must be said, of its own making", might be best avoided unless you want to start an economics/politics section of the website to back up those sort of statements ;)

From what I have read on the subject, your Government decided to take that which did not belong to them simply because they could with your president citing energy as a "vital resource." They created a bill in legislature and then passed it with overwhelming support and regardless of the concerns of Spain. In my book, that is cause for concern and probably some form of friction. So as an example, if I came to your country and snatched the motogp tickets that you had just purchased citing my need to see the race, you would probably be upset. That said, a warning not to attend is probably appropriate.

I'm Argentinean as well, this is no discussion for this forum. What might concern this forum is the fact that the race isn't organized by the Argentinean government and that Repsol was not expropriated by the Argentinean MotoGP fans so, why are the organizers and the fans being punished? As usual when the powerful fight is the weak that suffer.

Repsol is one of the, if not the largest contributor to GP
racing. The support numerous riders through all the classes. It's no surprise that they don't want to go to Argentina. Yes, it sucks for the fans and is hard in the organizers. They wil work though it I'm sure. But you can't be upset at Repsol.

wrc (for years), dakar, fia gt, a host of other sports, etc. all run in argentina. 0 (zero) "safety" issues. now if ppl are happy reading what they are handed to read and that a sponsor runs motogp and that the press is like it always have been (belly down).
so be it

i repeat, if the gp happens, welcome all race fans to argentina