It looks like the rumors were true, as Dorna announced today that the MotoGP World Championship will race in Argentina during the 2013 season. In an event attended by Argentinean President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Dorna announced that MotoGP will come to the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo track in the Santiago del Estero province for three years, starting in 2013 (subject to FIM homologation of course). Bringing premier motorcycle racing back to South America, Argentina is the second stop added so far to the 2013 calendar, as Austin, Texas will also host MotoGP starting in 2013.
With the economy in many South American countries still booming, MotoGP is looking to tap into a rich consumer market that has a history of appreciating motorsports. While it’s not certain whether the Argentinian GP will replace one of MotoGP’s many European rounds, or instead be an extension to the current 18 race format, the agreement does add another continent to the series’s World Championship mantle. With the 2012 provisional calendar likely to come out this weekend, we’ll see what other changes MotoGP has made to its upcoming schedule.