MotoGP extends Argentinian race deal

The Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo circuit in Argentina will continue to host a MotoGP event for the next three years after an agreement was reached between local organisers and the motorcycling championship’s commercial rights holder, Dorna Sports.

The announcement was made ahead of yesterday’s (Sunday’s) Argentina Grand Prix, which was won by Honda’s Spanish rider Marc Márquez.

The renewed deal, which Dorna Sports agreed with the Argentinian Tourism Minister, the Santiago del Estero government and event promoter OSD, will see the race remain on the MotoGP calendar until 2019.

“We are very pleased to reach this agreement with Termas de Rio Hondo and all the parties involved,” Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive of Dorna Sports, said. “It has been a good project so far with everyone involved helping to create a great circuit, and atmosphere for racing. South America has a very big passion for motorsport and we’re proud to continue bringing MotoGP to Argentina for three more years.”

Yesterday marked the third successive year that Termas de Río Hondo has staged a MotoGP event after it was added to the calendar in 2014. Prior to the event two years ago, Argentina had not staged an event since capital city Buenos Aires played host in 1999.