Argentina’s MotoGP circuit facilities damaged by fire

The blaze began in garage 23 and quickly spread to the rest of the pits and hospitality complex

Terma Del Rio Hondo fire

THE facilities at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo MotoGP circuit have been extensively damaged over the weekend after a fire tore through the building.

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It is still not clear how the blaze began, although it is confirmed it was first reported in garage 23 at around 11pm, with fire crews from across the region battling to put out the inferno.

Thankfully no injuries were recorded and no lives lost, with the circuit’s museum collection also being saved from the fire.

Circuit director, Hector Farina commented after the fire:

“The racetrack has full insurance against fire, so the issue of economic damage is covered in that sense, but it will surely take a long time to rebuild that important area necessary for national and international competitions.

“Thank God there were no victims to mourn, and we want to thank all those who collaborated in this accident that generated moments of great danger due to the wind that ate.

“Thank you very much to different firefighters endowments, police officers, municipal staff, racetrack workers.

“They did everything they could to prevent further damage. We will work from now on to do everything possible to comply with the schedules we have planned, including the MotoGP in November.”