It was announced over the weekend that Dorna have extended the contract with the Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina, and all those involved, for three more years.
The second round of the MotoGP which took place at the Termas de Rio Honda circuit in Argentina has us all on the edge of our seats. The riders all described the circuit as very ‘technical’ and mentioned in a press conference why they like the circuit.
The weather was unpredictable
It went from extremely hot conditions which had riders nearly suffering from heat exhaustion. None of the data collected on the first day of Free Practice was much use as the temperature significantly dropped and thunderstorms occurred the night before the race.
This along with showers in the morning and the high temperatures meant that the concerns with the Michelin tyres were enhanced by the fact that the track was constantly evolving. By the end time the MotoGP race had started it had been declared a ‘dry race’ and precautions had to be put in place due to the issues with the tyres; riders had to however be aware of the damp patches around the track that managed to catch out some.
The circuit is new to the calendar
This was the third time the world championship series visited the track and so the circuit being new means that no one rider has dominated here; however Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez has just claimed his second win after a DNF last year. Mix that with rookies entering the three classes and new manufacturers joining the classes it means that the race win can go to anyone!
The track is ‘technical’
As riders mentioned in the pre-race press conference they respect the fact that the track is very technical. The riders all seemed to struggle to turn their bikes here at some point or another.
Marquez wrestled with his Honda, the Ducati riders normally accelerate away but were unable to here, and the Yamaha suits the turns but loses time in the straights. No-one knew what to expect from the results; the Suzuki looked strong here but unfortunately did not finish, and the current champion crashed out early on in the race.
The first corner of the track caught a lot of the riders out and so many came off there that the Marshals definitely deserved a well-earned beverage or two. No-one wishes anyone to crash out at any stage but this corner definitely split the classes. It was not the only corner that caught riders out and luckily everyone who did crash did manage to walk away unhurt; no matter how many times they visited the gravel traps.
The passionate fans
Not one rider across all three classes is from Argentina; meaning the race was classed as the home race for Colombian rider Yonny Hernandez who feels he is ‘representing all of South America’. However this did not stop there being a huge turn-out of fans creating a fantastic atmosphere all weekend.
It will be a long time until the antics that occurred during the 2016 ArgentinaGP; the doubts over new tyre manufacturers Michelin’s endurance all started here.
MotoGP in Argentina for three more years
Over the weekend Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO at Dorna Sports, announced, “We’re proud to continue bringing MotoGP to Argentina for three more years.” The circuit would be greatly missed from the calendar expecially after the intensity of this weekend with MotoGP, he said, “It has been a good project so far with everyone involved helping to create a great circuit and atmosphere for racing.”
Congratulations to all those involved at the Termas de Rio Hondo and to all those in South America who Ezpeleta described as, “have a very big passion for motorsport.”