It took three years to wait for the Speed motorcycle world championship return to Termas de Río Hondo. After the complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the fire suffered by the stages of the Santiago racetrack, the biggest two-wheeled party is back and has had a record audience since its return to Argentina in 2014.
The Argentine public and neighboring countries such as Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay, among others, were eager to have the MotoGP and its two minor categories, the Moto2 and the Moto3. On Thursday there was tension over logistical problems for the transport of the last load due to the failure of one of the aircraft’s five engines. But the trip took place on Friday and the activity had to be rescheduled.
Without the bikes on the track, the organization made a gesture with the people and allowed them to enter the pits and meet the riders. A fence was erected in the street outside and on the side of the garages there were runners and on the other the public. It was a day when many made their dream come true and met their idols in an organized schedule so that each contestant left according to a schedule, so no one missed any.
Another touch of color was in the small games played by the current MotoGP champion, Fabio Quartararowho wore the jersey of the Argentine football team and played with the group for a while. “Boludo! I feel like Leo Messi “wrote the French on his social networks.
On that day, fans were also able to see the mural which was made as a tribute Valentino Rossiwhich is a journey through the career of the nine-time world champion and the most famous motorcyclist in history.
Whenever there was no activity on the track, the public was able to enjoy the “Fan Zone”, located behind the “Valentino Rossi” grandstand sector. There was a stage where the DJ at night Guy Gerber delighted people. Also entertainment such as games, sweepstakes or merchandising shops. In addition, ramps were mounted on which even a motocross stuntman made jumps.
But when it comes to acrobats, the best in the air is Jorge Malatini, who with his plane did his thing again as in other motor sport events. It is common to see him in important races or special events of the main national categories. His red plane stole everyone’s eyes.
According to official data, there was an estimate of 90,000 tourists and this was seen in the streets of Termas de Río Hondo. From Wednesday evening the city center became pedestrianized before the flow of the public. Tables and chairs on the streets and outdoor parties were a constant.
A crowd accompanied the event and, according to the organization, there was 186,759 people accumulated over the weekend: 56,008 on Fridays, 63,659 on Saturdays and 67,092 on Sundays. While the impact the economic value of the event was 3,500 million pesos; 1,200 million pesos in hotels, 1,000 million in gastronomy, 500 million in production costs and 800 million in direct and indirect expenses. This has had a great impact on the region, as it includes the movement of tourists from Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay, through the provinces of Santiago del Estero, Tucumán, Chaco, Misiones, Corrientes, Salta. , Jujuy, La Rioja, Mendoza, San Juan, Santa Fe and Buenos Aires. Termas de Río Hondo, who has a contract with MotoGP until 2025, will reach a total of 20 editions of the Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Argentine Republic and will correspond to the number of scoring competitions that took place in our country of Formula 1.
The races of the Moto2, Moto3 and MotoGP categories took place on Sunday. Aleix Espargaro he obtained his first victory in his MotoGP sporting history aboard an Aprilia; while Jorge Martinoaboard a Ducati he finished in second place e Alex Rinswith a Suzuki, he completed the podium.
Two-wheelers are all the rage in Argentina as it has three world championships: the Speed Motorcycle Championship, the Superbike Championship to be held from 21 to 23 October in San Juan and the Motocross Championship, which took place in Villa La Angostura, from 18 to 20 March.
It was a dream weekend in the city of Santiago, the only Latin American date that MotoGP has in its entire calendar and that the countdown to 2023 has already begun.
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