Mo­togp set for re­turn to Ar­gentina

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MO­TOGP will re­turn to Ar­gentina next year af­ter agree­ing to a three-year deal to race at the new Ter­mas de Rio Hondo cir­cuit, pro­mot­ers Dorna said yes­ter­day.

The race will be the first in the coun­try since 1999, when Buenos Aires hosted the se­ries.

“We will do our best to make sure Mo­toGP stays in our coun­try for a long time,” Ar­gen­tine tourism min­is­ter En­rique Meyer said.

Some Mo­toGP teams and rid­ers are test­ing at the cir­cuit in San­ti­ago del Es­tero prov­ince, about 1,000km north of Buenos Aires, to gain data for a race that was orig­i­nally due to fea­ture on this year’s cal­en­dar.

That round was dropped af­ter a row in­volv­ing Span­ish oil firm Rep­sol, who spon­sor the works Honda team, and the Span­ish and Ar­gen­tine gov­ern­ments. – Reuters

Hamil­ton edged out last Sun­day’s Sil­ver­stone win­ner Ros­berg in early prac­tice with a time of 1:31.754 com­pared to 1:31.973 but the Bri­ton’s en­gi­neer re­ported DRS prob­lems over the ra­dio.

Third prac­tice takes place be­fore qual­i­fy­ing to­day. – Reuters

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