5 Facts about the Argentine Circuit that Holds MotoGP This Weekend

The third series of the 2022 MotoGP will take place in Argentina this weekend. The Argentine MotoGP will be held at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit on 1-3 April 2022. Here are 5 facts about the Argentine Circuit.

Audromo Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentine Circuit

After Qatar and Indonesia, premier class motorcycle racing is now visiting Latin American countries. This weekend the 2022 MotoGP season will be held at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit, Argentina. This circuit is the pride of the Argentinean community for the first time holding MotoGP in 2014.

Just like several other countries that have subscribed to MotoGP venues, the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit has also been absent from carrying out MotoGP for 2 seasons, to be precise in the 2020 and 2021 seasons. This is because of the COVID-19 pandemic which has limited the implementation of MotoGP to certain circuits.

Reported from various sources, here are 5 facts about the Argentine Circuit (Termas de Rio Hondo) that you should know:

  1. Inaugurated in 2008

The Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit, Argentina, has only held MotoGP racing since 2014. But the inauguration of this circuit has been done before that. Quoted from the MotoGP page, the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit was inaugurated in 2008.

At that time this circuit did not meet the standards of the FIM and Dorna Sports to hold MotoGP. As a result, several years after being inaugurated, this circuit can only hold a few touring car racing competitions such as the Super TC2000, Turismo Carretera, to the FIA ​​WTCC (World Touring Car Championship).

  1. Renovated in 2012

Quoted from the MotoGP page, the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit carried out a major renovation in 2012. The renovation includes reconditioning, enlargement, and modernization of the circuit.

After being renovated, the circuit designed by an Italian engineer, Jarno Zaffelli, is claimed to be the most modern, safe, and dynamic circuit in Latin America. In addition, this circuit is also more ready to hold other racing competitions on a larger scale, such as MotoGP.

  1. Host of MotoGP Since 2014

The Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit has finally officially held MotoGP since 2014. This also marks the return of MotoGP to Argentina after MotoGP has been absent for 15 years in the country.

Argentina’s first Grand Prix took place in 1961 near the Argentine capital and was the first time a GP had been held outside of Europe. In the modern era, the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit continues the legacy of motor racing in Argentina.

Quoted from various sources, Termas de Rio Hondo has been preparing to hold MotoGP since 2013. However, due to safety issues raised by Repsol – the main sponsor of the Honda MotoGP team from Spain – the race was postponed until 2014.

  1. Specifications of the Termas de Rio Hondo. Circuit

The circuit was built in the province of Santiago del Estero. The Termas de Rio Hondo circuit has a length of 4.8 km, 14 bends (5 to the left-9 to the right), a width of 16 m, and the longest straight track is 1,076 m. The Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit is built on an area of ​​150 ha.

  1. Rider Records at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit

Quoted from GPOne, throughout the 6 seasons of the Argentine MotoGP, many rider records have been created. Honda is the team that has won the most times here with a collection of 4 titles, followed by Yamaha with 2 titles.

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) is the rider most familiar with winning at this circuit. In total, he won three championship titles, namely in 2014, 2016, and 2019. Another Honda rider, Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), successfully won the MotoGP Argentina in 2018.

On the sidelines of Honda’s dominance at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit, two Yamaha riders, Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales succeeded in making history at this circuit. Valentino Rossi won in 2015 and Maverick Vinales won in 2017.

Interestingly, Rossi still holds a record that has not been broken by other riders in the Argentine MotoGP. The record is a record lap record at the time of the race, where the rider nicknamed The Doctor recorded a time of 1 minute 39.019 seconds in the 2015 MotoGP edition of Argentina.