The World Superbike Championship will visit Argentina next year to the new, under-construction El Villicum circuit in San Juan.
A press conference, attended by Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and representatives from the San Juan Government, was held on Sunday at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit to announce the event, which will join the WorldSBK calendar from 2018 for at least three seasons.
The 4.2km El Villicum track, situated on the iconic Route 40 in the region of San Juan, has been under construction since October of last year and is reportedly halfway to completion.
The track’s layout features a varied blend of corner types, of which there are 19, and has been designed by local architect Leonardo Stella. The race’s organisers hope to have El Villicum homologated by the FIM later this year.
“Without doubt this is very good news,” said Ezpeleta, who also helped bring Argentina back on to the MotoGP calendar after a 15-year absence in 2014.
“Knowing that Argentina will have a World Superbike round is a solid step forward. The presence of the two most important world championships in motorbike racing in Argentina reflects the passion of a country which has a vast and deep rooted history in motorsport.”
Next year’s Argentinian round will mark WorldSBK’s first in South America, and it is thought the event will slot into the calendar in the summer alongside the United States round at Laguna Seca
However, a back-to-back in the schedule seems unlikely following the travel troubles experienced by the MotoGP paddock in getting from Termas to Texas last year.
The WorldSBK paddock will roar back into life at the end of the month at the TT Circuit Assen, Holland, for the fourth round of the 2017 season.