Gresini MotoGP racer Calls Argentina Circuit Similar to Mandalika: Beautiful, but…

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Third series MotoGP 2022 continues at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit, Argentina. MotoGP riders from the Gresini Racing team said the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit has beauty because of its location near the beach. But on the other hand, the racing circuit in Argentina also has the same shortcomings as the Mandalika Circuit. What is that shortcoming?

After holding the Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia (MotoGP Mandalika) on March 18-20, 2022, the MotoGP stage is now anchored to Latin American countries, precisely in Argentina. The Argentine MotoGP will be held at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit on 1-3 April 2022.

The Gresini Racing duo enthusiastically welcomed the Argentine MotoGP which was held again this year after a 2-year absence due to the Corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic. Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio feel that the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit has a character similar to the Mandalika Circuit.

Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di GiannantonioEnea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio Photo: Doc. Gresini Racing

“Argentina is a track that I really like and has been absent for a long time (holding MotoGP) because of COVID. It’s nice to be back (here). We come from a race that is a bit similar to that, in Indonesia,” said Bastianini, quoted from Motosan.

Di Giannantonio also showed similar enthusiasm. He was happy to be back at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit because this circuit is very beautiful considering its location near the beach. But on the other hand, the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit also has problems like the Mandalika Circuit, namely a dirty track.

“We’re finally back in Argentina. It’s been two years, since we went there and it’s a very, very beautiful track in my opinion. We will definitely feel dirty, a bit like (at the) Mandalika, so I don’t rule out that dry setup (dry track settings) for Indonesia can also be base which is good there,” said Di Giannantonio.

A few facts about the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit, this circuit held MotoGP for the first time in 2014. This circuit has a length of 4.8 km, 14 bends (5 to the left-9 to the right), a width of 16 meters, and the longest straight track is 1,076 meters. The Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit was built on an area of ​​150 hectares and was inaugurated in May 2008.

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