Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams looking ahead to the Argentina race:
RIO HONDO AWAITS TEAM DEL CONCA GRESINI
Team Del Conca Gresini and their riders Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio are on their way to Argentina’s Termas de Rio Hondo track, where this weekend they the second Grand Prix of the Moto2 season takes place.
After making a stellar debut with Gresini Racing in Qatar, Jorge Martin will return to the South American track for the third time in his career, one more than his team mate Di Giannantonio – who only has a wet race under his belt there.
Both riders will need to make the most of the track-time available to them in order to further improve their feeling with the Honda NSF250RW, while hoping that the weather will be on their side this weekend. The on-track action for the Argentine Grand Prix will get underway on Friday at 9:00 local time (GMT -3).
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21
“The first race in Qatar has brought some fresh confidence to me: I’m really charged up because we did a nearly perfect job and we were able to be consistent, apart from a problem in the final part of the encounter. The goal for Argentina will be to stay at the front, try some new stuff and keep improving. The team is very motivated and if we keep working like we’re doing, we can have some fun out there.”
JORGE MARTIN #88
“I have to say I really like the Rio Hondo circuit. I had fun there last year, despite the weather. We really want to do well and build up on the good result of Qatar, which means battle for the top positions and score some good points. We need to keep the momentum going!”
NAVARRO DETERMINED TO MAKE AMENDS IN ARGENTINA
Jorge Navarro and the Federal Oil Gresini team are ready to compete in the second Grand Prix of the Moto2 World Championship season, which will be contested this weekend at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina. After coming out empty-handed from the season opener in Qatar, the young Spanish rider will hope to score his first World Championship points at the twisty 4.8km racetrack.
Being one of the latest additions to the MotoGP calendar, the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit is not amongst Navarro’s favourite circuits, although last year the Valencian rider managed to score his first of five podium finishes in the 2016 season, a second place under wet conditions.
With weather forecast predicting rain over the weekend, Navarro might have a chance at testing his wet-riding skills at Termas de Rio Hondo circuit again, this time on board his Kalex Honda Moto2 machine. The first Moto2 free practice session will get underway at 10:55 local time (GMT -3).
JORGE NAVARRO #9
“We’re heading to Argentina with the will of aiming at a great result especially after a difficult first Gran Prix in Qatar, which helped me learning a lot about the new category and the bike. I can’t say I really love the track, but last year I did really well there so I hope we can start things out the right way. The weather forecast does not appear to be the best, so we need to be ready for it. I’m really motivated and so is the team, so we cannot wait to show how competitive we can be.”
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 set course for Termas de Río Hondo
Just days after returning from Qatar, Arón Canet and Enea Bastinini travel to Argentina for the second Grand Prix of the season.
On Friday, April 7th, the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders will return to action in Argentina for the first Moto3 Free Practice of Round 2 of the season. The duo of Aron Canet and Enea Bastianini will look for positive results at the only South American round on the MotoGP calendar.
After battling for the podium right up until the final stages of the inaugural race in Qatar -finishing fourth- Aron Canet is preparing to fight for a podium at a circuit where last year he starred amidst tricky mixed conditions. The Spaniard set a strong pace from the start that allowed him to climb from fourteenth to fourth position in the space of just three laps. Canet kept fighting in the lead group and, three laps before the end, suffered a crash at Turn 7 when he hit a damp patch on track. Although he was unable to finish the contest, his performance on the Sunday was a notable one.
Estrella Galicia 0,0 teammate Enea Bastianini placed seventh in qualifying for the Argentinian GP last season, and was seventeenth in the race itself. The Italian will continue working alongside his new crew to progress in his adaptation to the 2017 Honda 2017 bike.
16th in the overall standings
"We will give our all in order to take a step forward"
"I hope that in Argentina we can have a different race to that of Qatar, although the track is another one that provides little grip and the bike may behave in a similar way. However, as it is a very technical layout, very fast and tricky, I will work with my crew to find a good setup compromise that allows me to ride comfortably. I am sure we will give our all in order to take a step forward."
4th in the overall standings
"Our goal in Argentina will be to be in the lead group, as we were in Qatar"
"I think we can do well at the Circuito Termas de Río Hondo, because my riding style is quite well suited to the layout; there are a lot of right and angled corners where you have to stop the bike a lot. We are strong at that, because we have improved our rear braking, so we can brake late and stop the bike well. Our goal for the race will be to be in the lead ggroup, just as we were in Qatar."
Forward Racing Team duo ready to conquer Argentina
Barely two weeks after the inaugural round of the season, Luca Marini and Lorenzo Baldassarri are already on their way to Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina to try to repeat their fantastic results of the opening weekend at the Losail International Circuit.
Marini aims to confirm the excellent progress shown in Qatar and is focused on improving his 18th position from last year at the 4.806 km track. Meanwhile Baldassarri feels perfectly in shape, having successfully overcome his tendon inflammation, which prevented him from showing his full potential at the initial Grand Prix of 2017.
Both Forward Racing Team riders eagerly await the first free practice, which is set to take place on Friday 7th April at 10.55am local time (5.55am CET).
“Qatar has been a great weekend and now we head to Argentina with a very good feeling. I’m ready and curious to see, how I improved on this track. The race there one year ago has been a difficult one, because the conditions were in between wet and dry. In any case, this week the weather won’t be an excuse as I’m convinced to improve my result from 2016. I am sure that this is possible, but it goes without saying, that we have to work well with the team from the word go on Friday. In reference to the layout, I like the circuit. There are some very fast sections, which are always great fun to ride.”
“Ahead of this weekend I feel really excited and can’t wait for the action to get started. To be honest in Doha everything was a bit strange: the weather, the different time schedule and me not being completely sure about my physical condition. Now I’m more than ready to get back on my bike and concerning my arm, I feel at my 100% again. The circuit itself is nice, I like it a lot, because it’s a good mix of slow and fast corners. For the first session on Friday we have to be careful, as usually there’s a lot of dirt on the surface, which makes it very slippery. Last year the GP was in mixed conditions, therefore the race was not easy at all. Let’s just hope for better weather on Sunday, but we will be ready in any case.”
Giovanni Cuzari – Team Owner
“The weekend in Qatar has already been a pleasant surprise. We could clearly see the huge step Luca made during this winter, plus the determination of Lorenzo to overcome all obstacles. I’m honestly thrilled about the great work by the team, during this preseason and the first round as well. While our crew prepared the bikes perfectly, the VR46 riders academy equipped our guys in the best possible way to be ready for 2017. Now we all can’t wait to get to Termas de Río Hondo to give our best again and hopefully celebrate another fantastic result there in order to thank our sponsors for their amazing support.”
Argentina welcomes Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team cross the Atlantic for the only South American round on the World Championship calendar.
04/05/2017 - Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit, Argentina
The Moto2 World Championship makes the 13,000km trip from Asia to South America, as the series moves on from Qatar to Argentina for the second Grand Prix of the season. Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder will be back onboard their new KTM Moto2 bikes, which have already proven to be capable of taking them amongst the frontrunners.
The Termas de Rio Hondo circuit will host a World Championship for the fourth time in its history this weekend. Both Oliveira and Binder have contested all three previous editions, although only the Portuguese has done so in the Moto2 class. Fourth in the opening round of the season, Oliveira aims to reaffirm himself as one of the fastest riders on the grid and compete for a podium spot. He finished twenty-first last year, and still holds the Moto3 circuit record at the Argentinian track.
Binder’s target is to continue adapting his riding to the intermediate class. He will do so at a track where he has fond memories, having taken his first pole position in Moto3 there and finished third last season.
The Grand Prix schedule returns to its usual format, running from Friday to Sunday. The Moto2 race is scheduled for 2:20pm local time on Sunday. Rain may once again be an unwanted guest according to weather forecasts, just as happened last year.
41 BRAD BINDER
"The main objective this weekend will be to work even harder in the Free Practice sessions. I have to adapt to the Moto2 riding style and I have to work even harder to go faster. It is a very close class and every detail counts. I have to get more prepared for Sunday's race. The Termas Rio Hondo circuit is one that in recent seasons has been quite good for me. In 2015 I was fifth and last year I achieved a podium after getting my first World Championship pole position. We will see what this second round of the year holds for us."
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"After the great results we got in Qatar, I think the team's goal for this weekend should be to place at least in the Top 5. That’s our goal for the whole weekend. The circuit is one of the most spectacular on the entire calendar. It's also a circuit that is pretty good for me, and I still hold the lap record there in Moto3 that has been in place since 2015. I like it a lot. We just have to work just as well as we did in the first race and preseason. I’m focused on improving small aspects of my riding and try to be as precise as possible to have a good weekend."
Mir leads the field to Argentina
After a stunning victory in the first race of the season in Qatar, the Leopard Racing Team is getting ready for the Grand Prix of Argentina with high morale and the confidence to forge a great result.
Leaving behind Qatar, the MotoGP World Championship will change continent for the second round of 2017. This weekend the series will race the Grand Prix de la Republica Argentina. The event will be located in the Termas de Rio Hondo, a charming track of 4.8 with 5 left-handers and nine rights.
The Leopard Racing Team is preparing to meet the challenge with high morale and the confidence to make a great result. Both Joan Mir and Livio Loi know the track well, having collected some good results on the circuit, located in Santiago del Estero.
Joan Mir heads to round two as the championship leader thanks to his extraordinary victory at the first race of the season at Losail. Last year, his first experience on the track, saw the Spanish rider in the top five behind then-teammate Andrea Locatelli.
His new current-teammate Livio Loi did well to Termas de Rio Hondo, close to the podium in 2014; the Belgian is in Argentina in search of redemption after the 12th place in Qatar, aware that he can run with the best in field.
Second stop for Antonelli and Bendsneyder: Argentina
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 riders move on to Termas de Rio Hondo this weekend for sole South American challenge of 2017.
04/05/2017 - Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit, Argentina
Niccolo Antonelli and Bo Bendsneyder will be back onboard their KTM bikes this weekend at the Argentinian Termas de Rio Hondo track, a fortnight on from the season opener in Qatar. This will be the fourth time the series has visited the 4.8km South American circuit, and in the three previous editions the Red Bull KTM Ajo team have held a monopoly on the Moto3 pole position. Jack Miller, Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder have all headed the grid in the lower cylinder class in that time. In addition, on two occasions -2014 and 2016- the team have occupied a place on the podium.
A tenth place finisher at last season’s round in Argentina, Niccolo Antonelli aims to take a further step forward with his adaptation to the KTM, and after fighting in the top group in Qatar he aspires to a podium finish this weekend. For Bendsneyder, this will be an opportunity to put the first race of the year –in which he was fast in practice but experienced disappointment on raceday– behind him. Last year, on his first visit to Termas de Rio Hondo, he placed 22nd.
The Moto3 race will take place on Sunday at 1pm local time. The probability of rainfall over the weekend is high.
23 NICCOLO ANTONELLI
"The Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina is one that I really like. I can’t wait to get there and start riding this weekend. As I am riding with a new bike, the KTM, I will likely have to change something with my riding style for this track. I’m sure it will not be a problem because with every day that goes by I feel more comfortable and faster. It's a track that has a good grip level and I'm sure if we work like we did at the first GP, we can take another step forward."
64 BO BENDSNEYDER
"Despite the disappointment of the result of the first race, we remain optimistic, because the work throughout the weekend was very good. We were strong, so we just have to forget about the race. In Argentina we have to continue this good line of work we have, and if we do that I think we can be in the top positions. This will be the second occasion that I ride at Termas de Rio Hondo and although last year we weren't lucky with the weather, it is a track that I like. We'll see what happens this weekend, and I hope everything works out well for us!"
Target acquired: aiming high in Argentina
One podium down, round two to go
It was a great weekend in Qatar for the British Talent Team, as John McPhee just missed the win and came home on the podium in the project’s debut race. With a bit of momentum now rolling, next up is the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina at Termas de Rio Hondo: the passion of Latin America.
The track is relatively new, and joined the MotoGP™ calendar in 2014. It’s 4.8km long, with five left-handers and nine right, and the longest straight is just over a kilometer – always an important statistic for the kings of slipstreaming in Moto3™.
McPhee is a fan of the venue and was seventh at the track last year after a stunning comeback from P28 on the grid - with the Scot looking to move even further forward this season. Low levels of grip often greet the paddock on arrival in Argentina and the weather is never guaranteed, so adaptation could well prove the key to success in the land of the tango.
Moto3™ are first out on Friday as the schedule returns to normal, with the British Talent Team on track for FP1 at 09:00 local time (GMT -3), and the race set for Sunday at 13:00 local.
John McPhee: "It was amazing to start the season with a podium and I think it showed what we can do. Now the goal in Argentina is to continue in this way and be competitive at the front! The track there can be quite low grip, certainly on Friday, and we'll have to see about the weather. It will be the same for everyone and a case of adapting the best we can. I like the track a lot and I'm just excited to ride my bike again. We have some momentum from Qatar, so we need to keep that and have another good weekend."
Morbidelli and Márquez target the podium in Argentina
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Franco Morbidelli and Álex Márquez have their sights set firmly on the podium this weekend, as they head to the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina.
Morbidelli travels to South America as the Moto2 Championship leader, having taken a superb victory from pole position in the opening race of the season in Qatar. It was the Italian's first World Championship win and a performance that the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider is keen to repeat this weekend, as he looks to defend his championship lead over second placed Tom Lüthi.
Márquez also arrives in Argentina off the back of a strong performance in the opening race in Qatar, which he finished in fifth place after battling in the top three during the early stages. It was a confidence boosting start to the season for the 20-year-old Spaniard, who heads to South America determined to fight for his first podium finish of the season in Sunday's 23-lap Moto2 encounter.
"I'm feeling quite confident at the moment coming off the back of my first Moto2 win in Qatar and now we head to Argentina, a track I like a lot. The feeling with the team and with the bike is good and we want to continue in this way this weekend in South America. I'm looking forward to the race and I'm sure we can come away from Argentina with another strong result."
"In Qatar we made a good weekend, despite struggling a little on the Sunday, but after checking the data from the race we have a good idea what we miss and this is where we will focus this weekend in Argentina. The Termas de Rio Hondo track is one I like a lot and one at which I was fast last year, so I'm very motivated for the weekend ahead. The aim is to fight for a podium finish in the race and, after the good start to the season in Qatar, I'm confident that this is a realistic goal."
Off to Argentina with new energy
Preview: Argentinien GP 2017
Following the first difficult race in Qatar two weeks ago the squad of Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT is now heading to Argentina for the “Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina.”
Looking back on the first race off the season, the team can´t be fully satisfied with their results in Qatar. After missing out on the fights for a top ten position, Jakub Kornfeil is looking forward to being back on track with a stronger performance. Patrik Pulkkinen is traveling to the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo with similar ambitions: after crashing out in his first Moto3TM race he wants to show he can improve his riding every weekend.
Following the Qatar GP, the team and riders had some days off at home to recharge their batteries. Now everyone is traveling to Argentina with new energy and the team is confident that this time the Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT squad can fight for the first points of the season.
Since 2014 the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo, next to the same-named city, is part of the MotoGP world championship calendar. The fast 4,8 kilometre long track is varied, featuring long, but also narrow corners. The circuit is also quite wide, providing enough space for many overtaking manoeuvres – the perfect base for exciting races.
Beside their excitement for motorcycle racing the province Santiago del Estero is also known for their large number of thermal baths. Because of them the city is the perfect spot for some relaxing hours after the gripping race days.
The race weekend for all Moto3TM teams begins on the 7th of April at 9pm local time (german time: 2pm) with the first free practice. The race of the light weight class will be started on Sunday at 1pm local time (german time: 6pm).
#84 Jakub Kornfeil:
“I am really looking forward to Argentina. I am satisfied with how the bike works so far and my team and I are getting along very well also. It’s only the second race of the year so we still have a lot of work to do, but I don´t think we are far off the best ones now. I really like racing on the track in Argentina and I will try to do my best to be fast, which can be quite difficult at this circuit. It will definitely be a challenge for us, especially if it rains like weather forecast says, but I reckon we can do a good job anyway. We learned from our mistakes in Qatar, so I am sure we can finish in the points this time.”
#4 Patrik Pulkkinen:
“I am really excited for the race in Argentina, but also a bit nervous. It´s a completely new track for me so I it won´t be an easy weekend. I watched videos of the track and it looks very fast. I think that´s a good thing so I can´t wait to race there. My debut race in Qatar wasn´t satisfying for me so this time I want to work even harder and get better and better every day. I hope I can stay with some guys during the practices and especially during the race so I can learn from them and also fight for positions. I am sure I can improve this weekend and I am looking forward to the race.”
AT THE START IN ARGENTINA THE SECOND RACE OF THE SEASON FOR THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46
In Moto2, Bagnaia and Manzi at work on the setting for interpreting in the best way the track of Rio Hondo. In Moto3, Migno and Bulega are ready to fight with the Top guys.
Termas de Rio Hondo (Argentina), April 6th, 2017 – It is time to back on track for the second race of the season with the riders of Sky Racing Team VR46 ready to fight for important points on the Rio Hondo circuit, which this weekend hosts for the fourth time in its history the GP of Argentina.
Already at work the Moto2 Team, with Francesco Bagnaia and Stefano Manzi at the debut in the upper category on this track. Both they start from the setting to balance the consumption of the rear tyres. Pecco will back on his Kalex after the good debut in Qatar (12th), while Stefano - who is recovering from a knee injury - will return to racing after having used the week off to recover as much he can.
In Moto3, the technical track is well suited to the KTM of Andrea Migno and Nicolò Bulega. Migno sixth in Qatar after a race in the leading group, will look for confirmation in front of the Argentinean crowd. Positive feeling also for Bulega, one of the most competitive in free practice of the GP of Argentina one year ago.
We arrive in Argentina after our debut in Qatar and everyone is motivated to get back at work to reduce the gap with the strongest guys. In Doha, in Moto3, Andrea did a great race, fighting til the last corner, while Nicolò has struggled a little bit more. Last year here, in the free practices and qualifying, we were very competitive, then, on Sunday, the rain made the things more complicated, but we are confident. In Moto2 we can do our job: Pecco comes from a good start in the new category, and Stefano is recovering from the knee injury.
I like the layout of Rio Hondo and I can not wait to back on this track riding a Moto2. In Qatar, I began to understand how to manage the rear tyre, but I have to gain more confidence. The goal is to get back at work to improve the feeling and solve the chattering problems. I'm confident I can fight with the strongest guys.
It will be the second time for me in Rio Hondo, but this year riding a Moto2. In Qatar, during the race, I gave my 100% for finishing the race despite the pain. Back in Italy, I focused to recover as much energy as possible in preparation for this race. The feeling with the bike is good and I am motivated to make another significant step forward in Argentina.
The race in Argentina is always special: I like the track, the atmosphere, the crowd, the people. In Qatar, I grew gradually from the first session til the race and I was in the front group. It is important for me and the whole Team, but we have to stay focused and keep working with the same commitment.
Last year, at my debut in Rio Hondo, I was fast since the free practices and also in qualifying. I immediately found a good feeling with the bike and I was able to push as I wanted. Then on Sunday, the rain made things very complicated. In Doha, it was a special weekend, always with the weather as the protagonist: I did a good job in the FP, but in the race I could not fight for the podium.
KIEFER RACING HEADS WITH A GOOD FEELING TO SOUTH AMERICA
After a long-haul trip, crossing the Atlantic Ocean the German Moto2™ outfit arrived well prepared in Argentina for this weekend’s round two of the series.
After the team’s quite successful start into their this year’s championship campaign with both riders scored points in Qatar two weeks ago, Kiefer Racing, of course, hopes to do better this time. Both, Danny Kent and also his team mate Dominique Aegerter looks forward to the Argentina Grand Prix top motivated.
On the one side of the team’s garage, Danny Kent from England can look back together with his team on some success at the Termas de Río Hondo circuit when he won the Moto3 race on his championship winning way back in 2015. Apart from this, he makes no secrets about his passion for the fast and flowing 4.8 kilometres long track at the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo.
This is somewhat of the same story for Swiss rider Aegerter who finished last year’s race in South America in a great fifth position after showing an outstanding recovery coming just from 19th position on the grid. The 26-year-old from the Bern region is well known for his late breaking but the Río Hondo circuit located in the northwest of Argentina provides fun equal too to him.
The Argentina Grand Prix saw his comeback to the calendar back in 2014. However, to travel to Termas de Río Hondo, famous for its thermal spring, is somewhat of time-consuming and often a very difficult process but meanwhile, the event has settled well in the series’ world tour.
#52 Danny KENT:
"After the short break, I really look forward to get the weekend started. Last year we had a good weekend all the way going into the race under mixed conditions. I just didn’t have enough confidence for these conditions after the weather changed during the night before. But the Rio Hondo circuit is a track that I always enjoy. Beyond that, me and the team shared some good success here in the past so I hope that we continue that this year."
#77 Dominique AEGERTER:
"During the break after the first race I was able to prepare well for the next so, now I look forward to Argentina. The Río Hondo track is different to all that ones we stayed in the last two month for testing. But it offers lots of fun in terms of riding and I also really like the layout. The feeling with the bike is good which is the same with my team. Therefore, I think that we can achieve better results than last time in Qatar. Hopefully the weather will not go crazy again because the forecasts says no good things in the moment. In any case, it should not turn out in a chaos like it happened two weeks ago."