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Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta arrived in Argentina on Tuesday morning to make his way to the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, to sure up the race’s inclusion on the 2014 calendar.
There he visited the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit to see the ongoing work that was being done on the track, after which he held a press conference for local media. He then immediately returned to Buenos Aires where he held his second press conference along with the Governor of the province of Santiago del Estero [where the circuit is based], Gerardo Zamora, and Orly Terranova of the OSD group that organizes the Argentinian GP.
Ezpeleta commented: "I have travelled to Argentina to learn more about the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit and to appreciate the work they are doing at the racetrack. The new layout will be fast, with a very original design, so I wanted to congratulate Governor Zamora, the Tourism Minister Enrique Meyer and the organizer, for their work in having created a great circuit." Ezpeleta also stated that he "had travelled to Argentina to clarify and ensure that in April 2014 it will be hosting the GP of Argentina", after overcoming some drawbacks.
He then added that like at any circuit there would have to be some tests with Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP machines, which are likely to be made official around June 2013.
At the press conference in Buenos Aires, Ezpeleta gave a detailed report starting from the beginning of negotiations with the representatives of Argentina, through the signing of the agreement with President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Paris, the proposal of the Argentina GP in Assen, and subsequent problems with the presentation of a letter from Repsol which indicated its concern for the safety of its riders and teams. He commented that this was elevated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain, which recently reported no security problems in Argentina, but that such notification was made after the deadline to secure the MotoGP for the calendar 2013.
Both the governor and Terranova approved of the presence of Carmelo Ezpeleta in Argentina, who renewed his commitment to the GP at Termas. Zamora said: "Our hope was to get the GP in 2013, which is what we had promised the Argentinian public, to witnessing an international event such as MotoGP." Terranova added: "The presence of Carmelo Ezpeleta means a great endorsement for the serious and professional work being done in Termas."
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