MotoGP: Argentina to remain on the calendar until at least 2025
Argentina will remain on the MotoGP calendar until 2025 after a new three-year contract extension was agreed.
Already confirmed until 2022 due to the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic, new deal will see the Autódromo Termas de Rio Hondo continue to host the event between 2023 and 2025.
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Termas de Rio Hondo first hosted MotoGP in 2014, with Marc Marquez becoming the circuit's maiden winner. Since then, Marquez added two more victories to his Argentine Grand Prix tally, in 2016 and 2019, whilst Valentino Rossi (2015), Maverick Vinales (2017) and Cal Crutchlow (2018) have all visited the top step of the podium.
The 2020 event was cancelled due to Covid-19, whilst this year's meeting has also been called off due to the restrictions in place. The circuit was also hit by a huge fire at the beginning of the year, in February, which destroyed most of the paddock and pit area.
"Few provinces reflect the synergy between tourism and sport as Santiago del Estero does," Argentina Tourism and Sports Minister, Matías Lammens said. "That’s why it fills us with pride to continue hosting MotoGP, an event with international prestige that will also play an important role in the economic redevelopment of the region.
"I want to congratulate the governor for making tourism and sport key policies. The national government reaffirms our commitment to accompany this venture that generates both employment and local development."
The 2022 Argentine round is currently set to take place in April, hosting round three of the championship. The season is due to begin in Qatar on March 4-6, followed by a trip to the all-new Mandalika street circuit in Indonesia on March 18-20.
"The three-year contract renewal for the Grand Prix of Argentina is fantastic news for MotoGP, showing once again the incredible level of interest in our sport across the territory," Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports added.
"The impressive crowds who flock to the event, and from many different countries, added to the great feedback from the riders, proves how vital our presence in Argentina and Latin America truly is."