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    31 January 2024

    MotoGP Alters 2024 Schedule due to Argentina Event Cancellation

    Argentina Grand Prix Cancelled: MotoGP Faces Calendar Disruption

    This year’s MotoGP calendar was set to be the longest in history with 22 rounds, kickstarting on 10th March with the highly anticipated Qatar Grand Prix. However, recent developments have thrown a spanner in the works, leaving fans puzzled and disappointed.

    Government Spending Cuts Jeopardize Argentina Round

    Last week, concerns arose regarding the third round of the season scheduled to take place in Argentina. The new government’s decision to implement spending cuts has had a direct impact on the race held at Termas de Rio Hondo as it heavily relies on government subsidies.

    The situation escalated further when Dorna Sports and FIM (MotoGP’s governing body) officially confirmed that the Argentina GP will not feature in this year’s calendar. This news came as a blow for both riders and fans who were looking forward to witnessing thrilling racing action at the iconic track.

    Turbulent Times for Argentina GP

    The return of Argentina to the MotoGP calendar in 2014 brought great excitement among motorsport enthusiasts. Since then, it has become a regular fixture except for its absence due to COVID-19 restrictions over the past two years.

    Unfortunately, adversity has plagued this event lately. At the beginning of 2021, an enormous fire devastated its pit complex while freight delays disrupted proceedings again in 2022, causing delays during race weekend.

    No Replacement Planned; Future Return Hoped For

    In joint statement released by FIM and Dorna Sports:

    “The FIM, IRTA, and Dorna Sports confirm the cancellation of the 2024 Argentina GP. Due to current circumstances in Argentina, the event promoter has expressed their inability to provide services that meet MotoGP standards for this year’s Grand Prix.”

    This announcement dashed hopes of a potential replacement race elsewhere on the calendar. However, MotoGP remains optimistic about returning to Termas de Rio Hondo in 2025.

    Calendar Implications

    The cancellation of Argentina GP disrupted plans for a back-to-back race with Americas GP in Texas. Instead, there will now be a three-week gap between the Portuguese GP and Austin round.

    If no further changes occur, this season’s calendar will still set a record with 21 rounds. Additionally, fans can look forward to the debut of Kazakhstan GP at Sokol circuit in June.

    A Reserve Option: Balaton Park Track

    In case more races drop off from this year’s schedule due to unforeseen circumstances, MotoGP has identified Balaton Park track as its reserve venue. Homologated last year and located in Hungary, it holds potential for future inclusion should the need arise.

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