MotoGP is the most famous motorcycle racing event in the world. Almost all continents have hosted a grand prix , including the Americas which stretch from north to south.
Especially for the South American region which is also known as Latin America, there are 3 countries that have hosted MotoGP. They are Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela. Of the three countries, there are 6 circuits that have held a grand prix.
1. Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit, Argentina
The Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit is located in Argentina, in the province of Santiago del Estero, north of Buenos Aires. This circuit has held MotoGP since 2014 until now, except in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The length of the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit is about 4.8 km with the longest straight track reaching 1,076 meters. While the width of the track is about 16 meters and a total of 14 bends.
The racer who has won the most here is Marc Marquez with 3 wins. Marquez is also listed as the holder of the all time lap record which he got in 2014 with a time of 1 minute 37.683 seconds.
Unfortunately, for this season Marquez could not take part in the Argentine GP because he was still suffering from diplopia. The grand prix at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit is scheduled for 1-3 April 2022.
2. Sirkuit Juan and Oscar Galvez, Argentina
Prior to being held at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit, the Argentine GP was held at a track located near the capital Buenos Aires. This circuit is named Autodromo Juan y Oscar Galvez. The length of the track is about 3.35 km and has 19 bends.
This circuit is historic. The reason is, this is the first circuit to hold MotoGP outside Europe. The circuit, which often changes its name, was previously known as the Autrodomo Oscar A Galvez. MotoGP was held here in 1961—63, 1981—82, 1987, 1994—95 and 1998—99.
In his first season of holding MotoGP in 1961, not all top racers came to Argentina. The 500cc class was won by the home racer, Jorge Kissling, and his compatriot on the 2nd podium, Juan Salatino.
It wasn’t until 1963 that a top racer took part in the Argentine Grand Prix. At that time, Mike Hailwood won in the 500cc class.
In the 125cc class, the Juan y Oscar Galvez Circuit is quite historic for Jorge Martinez Aspar. In 1994, it was at this circuit that he last won a race.
3. Nelson Piquet Circuit, Brazil
Apart from Argentina, another Latin American country that has hosted MotoGP is Brazil. The Nelson Piquet Circuit hosted the grand prix in 1995–2004. This circuit is also known as Jacarepagua, the name of the location where this circuit is located.
The Nelson Piquet Circuit has a track length of about 4.93 km. In 1995, the first MotoGP rider to win at this circuit was Luca Cadalora who rode a Yamaha YZR500.
Meanwhile, Valentino Rossi is the rider who has won the most here. The Doctor won 4 times in a row from 2000 to 2003.
In 2004, it was Makoto Tamada’s turn to win at the Nelson Piquet Circuit. It was his first victory in the MotoGP class. Meanwhile, Valentino Rossi fell and could not continue racing for the first time since Brno 2002.
4. Interlagos Circuit, Brazil
Located in Brazil, the Interlagos Circuit has only hosted one MotoGP. Precisely on August 23, 1992, this 4.3 km long circuit hosted the Brasilian Grand Prix.
At that time, racers from the United States swept the podium in the 500cc class. Wayne Rainey won, followed by John Kocinski in second, they raced the Yamaha. While the third podium was achieved by Doug Chandler who drove a Suzuki.
Unfortunately, the drivers are not too satisfied with the Interlagos Circuit. They think the trajectory is too bumpy. MotoGP has never returned to this circuit.
5. Goiania Circuit, Brazil
Brazil has three circuits that have held MotoGP. Before Nelson Piquet and Interlagos, the Goiania Circuit hosted the first grand prix event in the Land of Samba, from 1987 to 1989. The 3.8 km long circuit is now known as the Autodromo Internacional Ayrton Senna.
In 1987, Wayne Gardner won at this circuit. The following year, it was Eddie Lawson’s turn to take the first podium. In 1989, the last year MotoGP was held here, Kevin Schwantz came out as champion.
6. San Carlos Circuit, Venezuela
Located in Venezuela, the San Carlos Circuit hosted the MotoGP for the 1977-1979 season. This circuit has a track length of about 4.1 km.
The first MotoGP event at the San Carlos Circuit was held on March 20, 1977. At that time, Johnny Cecotto as the host racer managed to become champion in the 350cc class. In the premier class, he almost won the podium, but had to settle for finishing in 4th position.
Barry Sheene became the most successful racer here. He even earned the nickname King of San Carlos . The reason, the British racer is unbeaten and managed to win three times in a row at the San Carlos Circuit.
Latin America has a long history in MotoGP. The enthusiasm of the fans was extraordinary, it’s no wonder that one of the circuits on this continent became the first circuit outside of Europe to hold a grand prix world championship.