The Argentine Grand Prix will not take place

The Argentine Grand Prix will not take place

The organizers of the MotoGP world championship have announced the cancellation of the Argentine Grand Prix, scheduled for April 7, due to the political context in the country.

The 2024 season will only have 21 Grands Prix and not 22. The International Motorcycling Federation and Dorna Sports, promoter of the MotoGP world championship, have in fact announced the cancellation of the Argentine Grand Prix, which was to be held on 5 , April 6 and 7 at the Autodromo Termas de Río Hondo, in the north of the country. The authorities cite the “current circumstances in Argentina” to justify this cancellation, specifying that the Grand Prix will not be replaced in 2024. But the FIM and Dorna Sports hope that the race will return to the calendar in 2025.

The Argentine Grand Prix is ​​bearing the brunt of the policy of the new President of the Republic, Javier Milei, elected on December 10, who decided to reduce expenses drastically. However, the race, which returned to the calendar in 2014 after fifteen years of absence (it had also been canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic), was largely subsidized by the Argentine state. Between March 24, date of the Portuguese Grand Prix and April 14, date of the Grand Prix of the Americas, drivers will therefore be entitled to three weeks apart instead of two. Despite this cancellation, the 2024 calendar remains the densest in history. However, there remains a doubt regarding the Kazakhstan Grand Prix, scheduled for June 16, which had to be canceled last year because the track was not approved.

In the meantime, Pedrosa dominates the tests

In the meantime, the first day of the first pre-season tests took place this Tuesday on the Sepang circuit in Malaysia, with seven drivers. And it was the former three-time MotoGP world vice-champion Dani Pedrosa, test rider for Red Bull KTM, who set the best time ahead of the rookie Pedro Acosta (Red Bull Gasgas Tech 3) and another Spaniard, Pol Espargaro ( Red Bull KTM). The other Honda and Yamaha riders, such as Fabio Quartararo, Alex Rins and Joan Mir, will be on the track Friday and Saturday. Francesco Bagnaia, Jorge Martin, Marc Marquez and Johann Zarco will be on track next week, still at Sepang.

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