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When was the last time an Argentine rider won a GP?

When was the last time an Argentine rider won a GP?

All of the vital MotoGP™ stats and information you need ahead of the Gran Premio Red Bull de la República Argentina this weekend.

MotoGP™ returns to the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit for a second year, and below are a selection of facts and stats related to this event:

  • This year’s event at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit is the 12th motorcycle grand prix to be held in Argentina.

  • The first Argentina GP took place in 1961 and was held in Buenos Aires; the first time that a grand prix had taken place outside of Europe. Not all of the top riders attended the event and the 52 lap, 203 km, 500cc race was won by home rider Jorge Kissling (Matchless) from fellow countryman Juan Carlos Salatino (Norton). In the 125cc class, championship contender Ernst Degner from East Germany did not start the race, which was won by Australian Tom Phillis, resulting in Phillis taking the world title - the first for Honda in the 125cc category.

  • This is the second year that the Argentina GP has taken place at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. All of the ten previous grand prix in Argentina have taken place in Buenos Aires, the last of which was in 1999.

  • Last year the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit became the 26th different venue to host a MotoGP race since the category was introduced in 2002, and Argentina became the 18th different country to host a MotoGP race during this same period.

  • Three riders from Argentina have won grand prix races; Sebastian Porto (seven wins in the 250cc class), Benedicto Caldarella and Jorge Kissling who both had single victories in the 500cc class.

  • The last GP win by an Argentine rider was in the 250cc class at the Dutch TT in 2005, when Sebastian Porto won the race from Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo.

  • Three of the current full-time grand prix riders have raced in grand prix in Argentina prior to last year: Valentino Rossi, Marco Melandri and Anthony West. Rossi won the 250cc race in 1998 & was third in 1999; Melandri finished second in the 125cc race in 1998 and won in 1999; Anthony West finished 8th in the 250cc race in 1999.

  • In 1962 the 250cc GP in Argentina was won by Arthur Wheeler at the age of forty-six – the oldest rider to win a grand prix race and the last of Moto Guzzi’s forty-five GP wins.

  • In 1963 Mike Hailwood raced in Argentina for the first time on the factory MV Agusta and dominated the 500cc race by lapping all other riders and finishing six laps in front of the rider in sixth place.

  • The Argentina GP last year was the first GP event to be held in South America for ten years – since the Rio GP of 2004.


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