The Argentinian round of MotoGP will be the first time a major racing series has visited the Termas de Rio Hondo, the brand new circuit in northern Argentina. As the track is still so new, the circuit designers – Dromo Racetrack Design from Italy – have produced some background material containing key facts about the circuit.

Alongside the list of facts, there are also a couple of interesting infographics giving a better idea of what the track is like. There is a track map showing the elevation change on the circuit. But most interesting of all, is the map created using simulation software to estimate which corner will be taken in which gear, and what speeds will be reached.

As a primer to getting an idea of what to expect this weekend, these infographics are great place to start. Action starts in Argentina on Thursday.

Termas de Rio Hondo MotoGP Lap Time – Simulated with DroCAS™ [Infographic]

Using DroCAS™ simulators, Dromo designed the racetrack as per vehicle dynamics and to enhance rider’s skills capabilities.

The result is a fast flowing racetrack as provided in the infographics.

Name: Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo
Length: 4806m
Width: 16m
Right corners: 9
Left corners: 5
Twist index: 0.952
Simulated MotoGP Ideal LapTime (3D): 1’34.302


Tire cornering data:

Laptime on left edge: 32.35%
Laptime on right edge: 45.96%
Distance on left edge: 32.28%
Distance on right edge: 38.42%
Average speed on left edge: 198.66 Kph
Average speed on right edge: 169.81 Kph
Racetrack Designer: Jarno Zaffelli (Dromo)


Source: Dromo

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

  • KSW

    Uh, and the fans stand all day as there is no seating or will that change by race day? Hmm, surfing as good as Australia? That alone is worth an early arrival and photo story.

  • Paul McM

    Surfing… umm I don’t think so dude. The track is in North Central Argentina, hundreds of km from the sea. That water you see is a lake. Map for you:

    The scenery does look dry and flat, but I’m sure there will be large crowds this year, since it is the first MotoGP in Argentina in a decade and a half.

  • It’s a nice looking track, I wouldn’t mind a trip to Argentina!

  • Stevenk27

    343km/h up that hill is a bit optimistic I think but we will see I suppose.
    Lots of time on the tire edge which theoretically should suit the Yamaha but with the tyres being as they are I reckon the Honda’s should be the best around here.

    Looks like a tough track to overtake on. But big brakin zones so Kamikaze dives aren’t ruled out.

  • gm

    @KSW There will be a guy inside the gate selling folding chairs for $100.