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Argentina to re-join MotoGP calendar

MotoGP will return to South America in 2013 with official confirmation that Argentina will rejoin the premier-class calendar.

MotoGP will return to South America in 2013 with official confirmation that Argentina will rejoin the premier-class calendar.

The last Argentinian motorcycle grand prix was held in 1999 while MotoGP has been absent from South America since the final Brazilian round in 2004.

The Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in the province of Santiago del Estero, will host the new Argentinian MotoGP event until at least 2015. The agreement is subject to FIM homologation.

Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso and former grand prix rider Sebastian Porto were present for the announcement.

In what looks like a further tilt of the sport's axis away from financially stricken Europe, the Argentinian round will be one of four to be held in the Americas, as Austin, Texas will also join the 2013 calendar.

Other booming nations knocking on Dorna's door are India, Singapore and Ukraine, so the shift away from Europe along with the logistical challenges for the MotoGP circus seems set to continue.

The last world championship round in Argentina was held at Buenos Aires in 1999, with the 500, 250 and 125 classes being won by Kenny Roberts Jr, Olivier Jacques and Marco Melandri respectively.

The provisional 2012 calendar contains 18-rounds - twelve of them in Europe, including four rounds in Spain.

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