The organisers of MotoGP have introduced a test event at the new Circuito Internacional Termas de Río Hondo in Argentina in the first week of July, just after the the Dutch GP in Assen.
|The Circuito Internacional Termas de Rio will be
on the MotoGP calendar from 2014
The Argentinian circuit is set to join the MotoGP calendar in 2014 as such, the test has been organised to gather data from the circuit and there have also been a number of PR events announced to drum up publicity. So far confirmed are riders from Ducati, Yamaha and Honda, although they are sure to be joined by more.
This year, the Circuit of the America’s in Austin was added to the calendar and HRC organised a private test at the Texan track earlier this year, they were joined by LCR Honda and Yamaha. However, under new testing regulations, such private tests are now prohibited.
The announcement has given rise to a bit of uproar on Twitter, mainly due to the timing of the event – between two European rounds of MotoGP, meaning teams will have to transport their stuff from Assen across the Atlantic to Argentina then back across the Atlantic to Sachsensring and then back across the Atlantic to Laguna Seca.
An alteration was made to the MotoGP calendar in recent years, placing Laguna Seca and Indianapolis as back to back races, previously they had one or two races in between them – and teams complained about the logistics of travelling back and forth, yet it would appear with this test – the benefits of the change in calendar are now negated.