Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo is one of best MotoGP circuit you can find in South America. This circuit is located in Rio Hondo city. The most interesting part is it is also near the Rio Hondo lake, which make this circuit become one of beautiful circuit. Therefore, the audience can also have great vacation, before they watch the race.
History of Circuit
This circuit was built by provincial government. They spend more than 144 million pesos to finish it. The first opening event was in May 11th, 2008. At that time, they held Turismo Carretera, which is the traditional race event. This event successfully has attracted more than 65,000 people to come and watch it.
In 2012, Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo got its first renovation. This first changes build better features and facilities in this circuit. Jarno Zaffeli, one of famous Italian circuit design specialist, involved in this project. They hope that with these new changes, this circuit can attract international race event to be held in it. There are many improvements that had been made at that time. They redesign this circuit, so it can fulfill the FIM Grade A standard. Dromo Company was also involved in developing the simulation software to create more advance system in it.
The course also has changed and added with many new features. From safe run areas to addition new challenge in the course. The new addition of pit facilities as well as bigger control tower make this circuit was ready for holding big racing event. More than that, there is unique feature after this new renovation, which is museum.
With this new change, finally, in 2013, this circuit was included in MotoGP calendar. Unfortunately, there was problem between Spanish oil firm Repsol and Argentine government. In the end, the event was cancelled. And, this circuit has been kicked out from that 2013 racing calendar. However, after the problem solved, it then was announced that Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo will be included in 2014 to 2016 season.
The Course in Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo
This circuit has characteristic where there will be many takeovers happen in race. Here, there is 1350 meters of straight track, where racer can get their motorcycle run at its max speed. Then, by the new renovation in 2012, some of new course design was added and stay until today. There is new infield loop, which add more challenge. Then, fast 180 degree first turn after long straight will be able to change the pace of the race. The new curve in the middle sector gives racer new spot for overtaking the opponent. The most interesting part is the final corner, which become smaller and make it difficult to take over.
How to Get There
This circuit is located Termas de Rio Hondo, which is the nearest airport you can find is Las Termas Airport. This is Rio Hondo airport. However, there are also other airports where audience can go to this circuit, which is Vicecomodoro Angel de la Paz Aragones Airport, which is located in Santiago del Estero. Just take route 9 from those airports and you can arrive in this circuit.
Hotel Near Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo
Watching motogp, superbike or formula1 races is very exciting, especially if the place to stay near the location, can walk around the location, here is a list of hotels close to the location.
- Marina del Faro Resort (1.57 km)
- Casa en Rio Hondo (1.77 km)
- Lo De Mery (4.99 km)
- Apart Ma & Cris II (5.05 km)
- Apart Hotel Matias y Hnos (5.3 km)
- Hotel Emperatriz (5.47 km)
- El Nuevo Apart Libertad (5.51 km)
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