Argentina's Termas de Rio Hondo circuit director Héctor Farina says "we will do everything possible to comply with the calendars we have planned, including MotoGP in November" after a major fire destroyed an estimated 80% of the paddock over the weekend.

The pit buildings, including media room, control rooms and VIP lounges, suffered the brunt of the damage, although firefighters were able save the circuit's international museum (featuring historic cars and motorcycles), control tower and medical centre.

No serious injuries have been reported and the museum is due to re-open tomorrow (Tuesday).

The cause of the fire, which began late on Friday night and spread rapidly due to strong winds, is still to be confirmed, but there is speculation it could have been related to welding work.

The circuit is said to have full fire insurance, but the extent of the damage casts even further doubt on this year's Argentine MotoGP event.

Last season's grand prix was among those cancelled due to the coronavirus and the 2021 edition has already been 'postponed' from April, alongside the US round in Austin.

After a 15-year absence, Argentina returned to the calendar with a debut at the then freshly built Termas circuit in 2014.

Marc Marquez (Honda) has won the race three times, with a victory each for Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), Maverick Vinales (Yamaha) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda).

Provisional 2021 MotoGP Calendar – January Update

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

28 March

Qatar (Evening race)

Losail

2

4 April

Doha (Evening race)

Losail

3

18 April

Portugal

Portimao

4

2 May

Spain

Jerez

5

16 May

France

Le Mans

6

30 May

Italy

Mugello

7

6 June

Catalunya

Barcelona

8

20 June

Germany

Sachsenring

9

27 June

Netherlands

Assen

10

11 July

Finland (Subject to homologation)

KymiRing

11

15 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

12

29 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

13

12 September

Aragon

Aragon

14

19 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

15

3 October

Japan

Motegi

16

10 October

Thailand

Buriram

17

24 October

Australia

Phillip Island

18

31 October

Malaysia

Sepang

19

14 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Ricardo Tormo

Postponed Grands Prix:
 11 AprilArgentinaTermas
 18 AprilAmericasCOTA
Reserve Grand Prix Venues:
  Indonesia (Subject to homologation)Mandalika
  RussiaIgora Drive
2021 Pre-season Testing:
 5 MarchQatar Shakedown TestLosail
 6-7 MarchQatar Official TestLosail
 10-12 MarchQatar Official TestLosail
 

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