Argentina: The Superbike World Championship is here!

The Villicum circuit will receive this important race that consolidates the south american country as the venue for the best motor sport competitions

Argentina: The Superbike World Championship is here!

From October 12 to 14, Argentina will receive the 12th round of the Superbike World Championship, MOTUL FIM 2018. This event is highly relevant as it is the penultimate valid one that will be conclusive in the final classification of the World Championship. For this definitive test, the El Villicum circuit was built in the province of San Juan, Argentina, becoming another great motor sport emblem in Latin America.

Leer en español: ¡El Campeonato Mundial de Superbikes llegará a Argentina!

The Villicum, which will open with this valid Superbike World Championship, will be the stage where British motorcycle racers Jonathan Rea, Chaz Davies, Tom Sykes, the Dutchman Michael van der Mark and the Italian Marco Melandri will race to try to reach more points in the classification, with a view to the world title.

A world-class circuit

In mid-2016 the construction of El Villicum began. "The Villicum will become a reference circuit once it is 100% complete, and will be the perfect destination to host WorldSBK, also taking into account the incredible location of the race track, with the Andes as a backdrop and surrounded of vineyards," said Daniel Carrera, executive director of WorldSBK, to the official website of the Superbike World Championship, in April 2018.

The construction advanced by leaps and bounds and achieved a circuit that meets all the requirements of the highest standards. According to MDZ, the quality of the circuit is so extensive that it surpassed with honors the inspection of the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM, by its acronym in Spanish).

"From the first draft I saw two years ago, he endorsed this design: the existing elevation in certain places, blind curves, slow, technical, it is a very good layout," said Frank Vayssie, in charge of inspecting El Villicum, in statements collected by the same media.

According to Sí San Juan, the circuit is 4266 meters long, 16 meters wide and has 19 curves: 11 on the left and 8 on the right. It has 32 frontal boxes and 32 rear boxes, a VIP terrace and the paddock where the podium is located

It also has a stage with giant screens, all the dependencies of the teams and advertisers, the offices of the organization and the press tent. In addition, it can hold around 20 thousand spectators in 11 modules of stands and has a hospital of high complexity.

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Argentina: an usual venue for motor sport

Since the FIM, the Government of San Juan, the OSD Group and Dorna WSBK Organization confirmed in April 2018 that the El Villicum circuit would host the 12th round of the Superbike World Championship, this Latin American country was ratified as the center of motor sport. Argentina works hard so that each race that takes place in its territory is translated into the visualization of the country as a powerful venue for motor sport worldwide.

"We hope that the Superbike World Championship will arrive in October for the first time, we are working hard to make this happen, and it will be a fantastic boost for tourism in the area. With a long-term project in mind, we are building the circuit El Villicum to be one of the best scenarios for motor events in South America, we hope to receive them all in our province and offer the best possible welcome," said Sergio Uñac, representative of the Government of San Juan, to the official WorldSBK website.

It is by jobs and venues as El Villicum that Argentina has been commissioned to receive important motor sport competitions, such as the Dakar Rally, the MotoGP, the FIM Desafío Ruta 40, the Motocross World Championship and the Formula 1, among others.

"We want to make the WorldSBK in Argentina a unique round for all motorcycling lovers in Latin America after the success of the fifth MotoGP visit to Termas de Río Hondo, we are now working with passion in this comprehensive project to San Juan in October along the impressive Route 40 and enjoy two magnificent races with the fastest production motorcycles in the world," said Orlando Terranova, president of the OSF Group, organizer of the event.

The Villicum will not only receive the 12th round of the Superbike World Championship in October, it will also host the Road Tourism in November. Thus, Argentina continues to advance in leaps and bounds to become a regular and honorable stop of the best motor sport competitions in the world.


LatinAmerican Post | Javier Aldana

Translated from "¡El Campeonato Mundial de Superbikes llegará a Argentina!"

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