The Argentine MotoGP according to Brembo


 An in-depth look at the queen class' use of braking systems on the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit

From 1 to 3 April, the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit (Argentina) will host the 2nd event in the 2016 MotoGP World Championship. Inaugurated in 2007, it is considered the most modern, safe and exciting circuit in Latin America. It is not a coincidence that since 2014, the track has hosted one of the rounds of the Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Usually, in the months preceding and following the MotoGP event, the Argentine track hosts car races. In previous years, that meant the track was dirty and abrasive, especially during the first free practice runs. The conditions improve as time passes, as demonstrated by the lap times: last year, Marc Marquez took pole position in 1’37’’802 while the best rider in the first practice sessions was Aleix Espargaro registering a time of 1’40’’806.

According to Brembo technicians, the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit falls into the category of medium difficulty tracks for the brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, it earned 3 on the difficulty index, which is identical to eight other tracks, including Losail where the inaugural race of the season was held.

L’impegno dei freni durante il GP

Contributing to this ranking are the 8 braking sections per lap, and the time spent braking which is quite high at about 31% of the overall duration of the race. The riders have to brake 200 times throughout the entire GP, but this value is lower than that of the two Spanish circuits in Jerez and Valencia. The average deceleration comes to just 1g and is among the lowest in the championship. staccate per giro (record del campionato condiviso con altre 6 piste), il tempo speso in frenata è addirittura il 31 % della durata complessiva della gara. 


The most challenging stops

Curve 5 is the most challenging on the circuit because the riders are just coming off a 1,076 metre straightaway and they have to reduce their speed by approximately 255 km/h, applying a load of 12 kg on the brake lever. Curve 1 is also very difficult with 162 kW of energy dissipated in braking because of the 12 kg load on the lever.


The medium difficulty curve is at turn 11: the riders touch the brakes for slightly more than 1 second to decelerate from 190 to 147 km/h. The least difficult braking section on the track is number 3, where the riders brake for just 50 metres: the track designers planned it this way so that the riders would reduce their speed as they came flying off the straightaway.


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Brembo Victories

In Argentina, Brembo brakes have won 7 out of the 8 GP races it has competed in as of today; however, 5 of these successes took place on the Buenos Aires circuit where the races were held in the 1980s. On the track in the capital, the rider with the most wins was Mick Doohan, who came in first place 3 times.


At the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit, both Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi have each won one time.