MotoGP: Argentine Grand Prix venue facilities destroyed by fire

The Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo, which hosts the Argentine Grand Prix, had its facilities destroyed by a fire which started in the pit building.

The fire has destroyed the garage complex, media centre, TV broadcasting areas, the VIP area and race control, the circuit has confirmed.

At around 11 pm local time, it was reported a fire had broken out at the circuit, with a number of fire-stations responding to the blaze.

A statement from the circuit director, Hector Farina, read: “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 now on to do everything possible to comply with the schedules we have planned, including the MotoGP in November.”

The circuit also has a museum collection, and although believed to be at risk, it has been confirmed that this was saved from the fire.

The circuit will now start the recovery from the fire, including the rebuild of all facilities which suffered damage to the blaze.

The Argentine Grand Prix was due to take place at the beginning of the MotoGP season, however it was postponed until later in the year due to Covid-19.

Now, it looks increasingly unlikely that the race will go ahead at all this year, given the damage the fire has caused and the current situation regarding the pandemic.