Argentina back on MotoGP calendar in 2013

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Argentina is set to make a return to the MotoGP world championship calendar for the first time since 1999 after Dorna signed a new deal to race in the South American nation from 2013.

A three-year deal was signed yesterday for MotoGP to race at the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo.

The race is subject to the circuit being improved and homologated but it is scheduled to be the first premier class race in Argentina since Kenny Roberts Junior won at Buenos Aires in 1999.

If the work on getting the circuit homologated is done on time, the 2013 MotoGP calendar looks set for a major overhaul with Texas and India also scheduled to join the championship.

With Qatar, Twin Ring Motegi, Sepang, Phillip Island, Indianapolis and Laguna Seca on the schedule, there could be nine flyaway races in 2013, with Dorna seriously considering expanding to 20 races in the future.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt