Press releases from some of the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of this weekend's Argentina GP:
McPhee and Sasaki ready to improve results in Argentina
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing riders head to the second round of the Moto3 World Championship with the objective of stepping up Qatar performances.
With the first race of the season already in the books at the Losail International Circuit, the Moto3 World Championship resumes with round two this weekend. John McPhee, who picked up the first Moto3 points of the season for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing at Losail, will look to add to his personal tally in Argentina. Ayumu Sasaki, who was scuppered by a first lap incident in Qatar, arrives at Termas de Rio Hondo aiming to open his account for the season.
McPhee came through a tough race to collect three valuable points in Qatar, where he made an important step forward – especially in qualifying, when he secured fourth position on the grid. The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider scored a podium in Argentina with second place in 2017 and the Scotsman is aiming for more progress this weekend as he continues to adapt to his new Honda.
Sasaki travels to Termas de Rio Hondo with his bittersweet experience at the Qatar GP now firmly behind him. The Japanese rider is aiming to make a better result in the new Moto3 qualifying format this weekend, as he targets his first points of 2019 and also his first points at this circuit, having narrowly missed out last season in 16th position.
The second round of the Moto3 World Championship gets underway at 12pm local time on the 31st March, with a 21-lap race. Prior to that, the whole PETRONAS Sepang Racing Team will be raising awareness of climate change by taking part in the Earth Hour campaign.
#71 Ayumu Sasaki
"I have spent the last two weeks in Japan, training hard after the Qatar GP. We must keep improving in Argentina, and I am looking forward to it because I crashed on the first lap in Qatar and didn’t get to finish the race. I can’t wait to fight with the other riders again and enjoy racing. Argentina is a really beautiful track and I like it. Last year was a little difficult for me, but I think that we can do better this year. We will stay focused and try to improve from FP1, also with the new qualifying format, and then we’ll see what happens in the race."
#17 John McPhee
"Over the last two weeks I have been sticking to my usual training programme to make sure I stay fit and ready. I have also had the chance to spend some good time with my friends; it has been a nice few days but now I can’t wait for the next race. I really like the circuit in Argentina. It is not too technical but it is very flowing. Two years ago I set pole position there and finished on the podium in the race. It is a circuit that suits my riding style, because it is flowing and fast.
I have been analysing the race from Qatar and there are some little areas I can improve in. The most important thing this weekend will be to try and get directly into Q2 and make sure of a good grid position to have a strong race."
TERMAS AWAITS THE RETURN OF LOWES AND TEAM GRESINI
Argentina will be the stage for the second round of the 2019 Moto2 World Championship, with Sam Lowes ready to return to one of the circuits he has been most successful upon in his Grand Prix career so far.
In his five appearances at this track – four in the middleweight class and one in MotoGP - the rider of Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 managed to score two podium finishes (a second and a third) and a pole position. His best performance was in 2016 – pole and second place in the race – with that same Faenza-based squad he immediately gelled back with during the off season.
Moto2 proceedings will begin on Friday at 9:55 local time (GMT -3) with the first free practice session of the #ArgentinaGP, with qualifying at 13:55 on Saturday and the race at 13:20 on Sunday.
SAM LOWES #22
“This is a track I really like, I don’t want to hide it. I already scored a pole position and went on the podium twice there. I really like being with the team but that’s no surprise, so it’s all about getting to Argentina and doing our best. The base is excellent and it’s all thanks to the hard work done in the winter; things could have gone better in Qatar, but it’s only a matter of time. I was already second once at this track, so the goal is to go one better.”
RODRIGO READY AND FIT FOR HOME ROUND AS ROSSI AIMS AT FIRST POINTS IN THE SERIES
After a two-weekend break it is time to get back on track for the second event of the 2019 Moto3 World Championship. The stage will be the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit, a venue that over the years has been kind to Team Gresini – as the Italian squad always managed to get on the podium in the last three editions.
These fifteen days have been crucial for Team Kömmerling Gresini Moto3, who were able to regroup and recharge their batteries after the season opener in Qatar. Following an encouraging maiden race on the world stage, Riccardo Rossi will try to make another step forward on a track he has never turned a wheel upon.
Gabriel Rodrigo used the time off wisely to recover the lost fitness condition after the collarbone injury he suffered in Qatar’s pre-race testing. His home race will represent the perfect opportunity for the young Argentine to show what he’s capable of. Despite the pain and discomfort, Rodrigo was able to score points in his debut round with Team Gresini at Losail – less than a week after surgery.
Free Practice for the Argentine Grand Prix will begin on Friday at 9:00 local time (GMT -3), with the race scheduled to get underway on Sunday at noon.
GABRI RODRIGO #19
“I’m really looking forward to this second Grand Prix of the season, because I’ll be racing in front of my home fans and obviously that adds extra motivation, but also because the collarbone injury has hindered by debut in Qatar. My real season will start here: recovery is going really well, and I think I’m getting close to 100%. I hope I’ll be able to get back to pre-season form and there would be no better place to do so than Termas, I circuit I always did well on – and I hope it’ll be the same with my Honda.”
RICCARDO ROSSI #54
“I’m charged up for the Argentine round. I’ve been training very hard since my return from Qatar. I studied the track and on paper it looks a little bit simpler than Losail, but obviously I won’t be able to tell exactly until I get there. The goal is to make another step forward – I know we can make it – and maybe finish in the top-15 this time.”
ARGENTINA AWAITS SAMA QATAR ÁNGEL NIETO TEAM
Xavi Cardelús and Jake Dixon both ready to give 100% at an unknown track for both
After the opening night of the MotoGP World Championship in Qatar, the season continues to heat up this weekend with the second round of the season and the first of two on American soil. The Autódromo de Termas de Río Hondo circuit in Argentina is the venue for an event that last year saw Mattia Pasini take victory in Moto2, with his compatriot Lorenzo Baldasarri narrowly missing out on the podium. Baldasarri – the new championship leader following his victory at Losail – will this time target victory as he defends his points advantage under threat from the likes of Thomas Luthi, Marcel Schrotter and Remy Gardner.
The Gran Premio de la República Argentina is the next challenge for the renewed Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team on their return to the intermediate category. The team contested the first ever Moto2 race at Autódromo de Termas de Río Hondo with Nico Terol and Jordi Torres return in 2019 with Andorra’s Xavi Cardelús and British rider Jake Dixon preparing to ride at this track for the very first time. The opening free practice sessions on Friday will be crucial for the pair to learn the layout as quickly as possible and to get maximum performance out of their KTM machines.
Xavi Cardelús: “The Autódromo de Termas de Río Hondo is a circuit I am really looking forward to going to because I have not raced there before. From what I have been able to tell from past races there and the video game it seems like a relatively easy track to learn although there are two or three sections where it is easy to lose a lot of time. We will have to give 100% from the first moment and I have been training hard to make sure I am where I need to be. I am excited to get back on the bike again and giving full gas.”
Jake Dixon: “We travel to Argentina with the sole aim of continuing to improve and with our heads high after the first race. I don’t think it will be a hard circuit to learn, I have watched videos and done a lot of laps on the games console. I know that when we find the right set-up for the bike I will be fast, but right now I can’t show my full potential. We are still adapting to the bike and how it behaves but I have a great team behind me and together we will get there.”
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 take on Argentinian GP with Garcia Dols making debut
Alonso Lopez returns to a track that he has experience at from last year, whilst Sergio García Dols makes his first World Championship appearance -having recently turned 16.
The Moto3 World Championship holds its second race of the 2019 season with a round at Termas de Río Hondo.
Both riders will employ a joint practice strategy that allows Lopez to progress with his setup and Garcia Dols to adapt to an unknown circuit.
12th in the World Championship with 4 points
After a twelfth place at the opening round at Qatar, Lopez arrives in Argentina with the firm intention of continuing his progression.
Last year at Termas de Río Hondo, the Spaniard achieved sixth place in a race held in mixed conditions, giving him his first points in the Moto3 World Championship.
The great pace he showed in Qatar gives reason to be positive, as well as reinforcing the need to break into the new Q2 session for a good spot on the grid.
"In Argentina I will put into practice what I learned in the Qatar GP"
"I like the circuit in Argentina a lot, especially the first sector. I'm curious to see what we can do, since I have seen improvements for us in some aspects -such as running a good pace when riding alone. Even so, we are aware that I still have to improve my pace over a single lap. In Argentina I will try to be even more focused from the start of the weekend onwards, have some good Free Practice sessions and put into practice everything I learned at the Qatar Grand Prix."
Moto3 World Championship rookie
After sitting out the first race of the year in Qatar, Sergio García Dols turned 16 years old in March, and now meets the required minimum age to compete in the Moto3 World Championship.
Last year's runner-up in the FIM CEV Repsol, his arrival in Grand Prix racing is the next step in the pyramid project created by Estrella Galicia 0,0 and the Monlau Repsol Technical School.
A promising preseason for the Spaniard, and his rapid adaptation to a new bike and team, promises an intense and fruitful season learning about the class.
"After not being able to make my debut in Qatar, we can't wait to do so in Argentina"
"After not being able to make my debut in Qatar, we can't wait to do so in Argentina. I celebrated my 16th birthday a few days ago, so now I meet the minimum age required to compete in the World Championship. The Termas de Rio Hondo circuit is somewhere that I haven't ridden before, so the main task will be to learn the layout, get kilometres under my belt and try to find a good pace alone. I think I'm going to like the track, which I'm told is very fun and demanding, with fast corners interspersed with ones where you have to brake hard. I hope we find a good compromise for the setup and that we adapt quickly, in order to enjoy ourselves and obtain a positive result."
Khairul Idham Pawi returns to the scene of historic achievement
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Moto2 rider arrives in Argentina, where he claimed Malaysia’s first ever Grand Prix victory.
Three weeks after the opening round of the Moto2 World Championship at the Losail International Circuit, the action resumes this weekend for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing, as the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit plays host to the Grand Prix of Argentina. It is a modern circuit that has been the venue for the only South American round on the calendar since 2014, but it is also a place where a significant piece of history has already been made, by none other than Khairul Idham Pawi.
In 2016 during his rookie season in the Moto3 class, KIP not only took the first victory of his career but he also became the first Malaysian rider to win a Grand Prix in any class.
Looking ahead, Khairul Idham Pawi showed strong race pace in Qatar and was only narrowly outside the point-scoring positions as he crossed the line in seventeenth. This weekend at a track he likes, the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider will be aiming for success within the intermediate category.
The Moto2 race will get underway on Sunday 31st March at 1pm local time, where the intermediate class will battle over 23 laps of the Argentinian circuit. Prior to that, the whole PETRONAS Sepang Racing Team will be raising awareness of climate change by taking part in the Earth Hour campaign.
#89 Khairul Idham Pawi
"I have been training hard during the last couple of weeks; on the pushbike, on my motorbike, in the gym and also doing some running. Now we go to Argentina, a track I really like because of the number of fast corners. I have very good memories of the Argentina GP because it is where I scored my first ever World Championship win. The race was crazy because there were some really damp patches of track but I was on slicks, because I had so much confidence with the bike. We know this weekend won’t be easy because we will have to adapt to the circuit with the new bike if we want to perform well. It will be important to try and set a lap that gets us through to Q2. My pace in the race in Qatar was fast and consistent, so the thing we need to improve most is qualifying."
ALBERT ARENAS WILL NOT RACE IN ARGENTINA DUE TO INJURY
Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team rider Albert Arenas will not take part in the Argentina GP due to injury. Arenas has fallen from his bicycle whilst training in preparation for the second round of the season and therefore will not be able to compete in the Autódromo de Termas de Río Hondo.
STOP IN ARGENTINA FOR THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46
Green light on the second race of the 2019 season in Rio Hondo. Luca Marini and Nicolò Bulega ready to reduce the distance from the strongest guys. Ready to fight Dennis Foggia and Celestino Vietti Ramus in Moto3.
Termas de Rio Hondo (Argentina), March 27th 2019 - As usual, the very warm welcome of local fans kicks off the week of the GP of Argentina for the Sky Racing Team VR46. Great desire to get back on track on the particular layout of Termas de Rio Hondo for Marini, Bulega, Foggia and Vietti Ramus ready to score here the first important placements of the 2019 season.
In Moto2, Luca Marini did his maximum use of the two-weeks of stop to continue the rehabilitation into the shoulder and better manage the long run of the race distance considering also the high temperatures and humidity that characterize the Argentine climate. At work also Nicolò Bulega who continues his approach to the new category on a track where in the past he has been really fast in qualifying.
In Moto3 instead, before returning on their KTMs, Dennis Foggia and Celestino Vietti Ramus will be busy in a golf tournament this afternoon, one of the promotional events of the GP, together with the Team Manager Pablo Nieto and other riders. In Qatar, both immediately showed their potential close to the very first guys and here the goal is to being protagonist in the front group.
The balance of the first GP of the season is good: in Moto3, Dennis and Celestino have closed the weekend growing, getting closer and closer to the group of the strongest guys. A pity for Dennis because he has shown to have a great pace. Celestino's fifth place will certainly be a great injection of confidence for Rio Hondo. In Moto2, Luca used these two weeks to recover energies: he continued his rehabilitation and returned to the Ranch. Also Nicolò can't wait to get back to work to continue to become familiar with his Kalex. Making a good race is definitely the goal.
After Qatar, I used these this two weeks to recover as much as possible with my shoulder. I continued the rehabilitation and training to be able to better face the weekend and the long run of the race. A busy weekend is waiting us in Argentina: the temperatures could be very high, but the track is beautiful and also the fans. The long left downhill turn after the straight is definitely the point I prefer.
In Doha I would have like to have done a different race: we had done so much between the testing session and the race weekend. In the warm up I had found good feelings, but the mistake at the start has compromised everything. I can't wait to go back to work with the whole Team to continue to approach the new bike. Overall I like the track, especially the last part because it's really fast.
I’m here in Argentina with a great desire to leave behind me the race in Doha. Compared to Qatar, it will be important to manage the new qualifying procedure in the best way to start immediately behind the first guys and compete with them. I like the track, especially the final sector.
In Qatar we did a great job with all the guys in the Team both during the testing sessions and the race weekend and we have opened the season with a good result. In Argentina we will start from there even without knowing the track. I will try to make the most of the FP sessions and get ready for the race.
ALEIX VIU TO REPLACE ALBERT ARENAS IN ARGENTINA
Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team Júnior rider, who was preparing for the new FIM CEV season in Estoril, will now race at Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo in place of the injured Arenas
After a long winter the 2019 MotoGP World Championship emerges further into the light this weekend, as Argentina plays host to the second round following a three-week break since the season-opener in Qatar. A full grid of almost thirty Moto3 riders head to South America in readiness for another battle to the finish line at Autódromo de Termas de Río Hondo, with Kaito Toba on top of the standings after a thrilling battle at Losail. The Japanese rider crossed the line just 0.053 seconds ahead of Lorenzo dalla Porta and only a tenth ahead of Aron Canet, the top KTM rider in third place. This weekend the second of nineteen rounds is sure to entertain the passionate local bike fans.
Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team Júnior rider Aleix Viu will take the place of the injured Albert Arenas at the Grand Prix of Argentina. Viu was testing at Estoril this week alongside his FIM CEV teammates in readiness for the opening round of the Junior World Championship but he will now step in for the unfortunate Arenas, who had been looking forward to Argentina following his sixth-place finish in Qatar. Viu will share a garage with the man he is aiming to succeed as Junior World Champion in Raúl Fernández, who himself has high hopes for this weekend after challenging for a podium in the opening race and finishing just eight tenths off the win in seventh position. The rookie is visiting this circuit for the first time and his only objective is to enjoy himself and learn as much as possible before giving it his best shot for another challenge at the front on Sunday.
Raúl Fernández: “This is my first season in the World Championship and from Qatar to Austin the only objective is to learn and to enjoy myself. Any result counts as long as we learn from it because I don’t know the circuits and we don’t get much time to do so. I am excited about the next race in Argentina because it is a circuit that whenever I have seen it on the television I have always really liked it. Hopefully I can make the most of the weekend and put together another good race that I can enjoy the same or even more so than in Qatar.”
Aleix Viu:“First and foremost I want to wish Albert Arenas a speedy recovery so that he is back soon at full strength. To be honest I wasn’t expecting this news – we had a test this week at Estoril and I was back at the hotel at the end of the first day when I got a call from Nico Terol to say there was a chance I could be going to Argentina in place of Albert. At first I was speechless, I didn’t know what to do. It will be a tough race but I am going to learn as much as I can and try to enjoy this incredible opportunity to compete against the best. My main objective this weekend is obviously to do a good job, but I want to take it all as a learning experience that I can put towards my ultimate goal this season, which is the Junior World Championship.”
Brad Binder and Jorge Martin take on second race of the year in Argentina
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team have been on the podium on their two previous visits to the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit.
27/03/2019 - Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit, Argentina
Brad Binder and Jorge Martin travel to Argentina this week for Round 2 of the 2019 World Championship season. On the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team's previous appearances at the only South American event on the current calendar, they have claimed a second place in 2017 and a third position in 2018.
Termas de Rio Hondo is a favoured track for Brad Binder, and he wants to use this to his advantage to take a step forward compared to the Qatar Grand Prix -where he took his first points of the season. The South African rider has good memories of the Argentine track, where he achieved his first Moto3 pole position in 2016 and finished third in the race.
Teammate Jorge Martin has also been on the podium in Argentina, placing 3rd in the Moto3 contest in 2017. This year's Grand Prix will be a first race back for the Spaniard after surgery to treat compartmental syndrome in his right arm on March 12th. Martin has been working hard after the operation in order to be in the best possible shape for this weekend.
The 23-lap Argentina GP takes place on Sunday March 31st at 1:20pm local time.
41 BRAD BINDER
"I'm looking forward to the next race. Termas de Rio Hondo is a track that I like a lot, and I hope that we will do better there and have more luck than in Qatar. The team worked very hard from the first practice session at the last Grand Prix to find the best setup for my KTM. If we can solve the small issues we had in the first race of the year, then we can do a good job in Argentina."
88 JORGE MARTIN
"I've always been competitive at this circuit and I like the layout a lot. It's a track that suits my Moto2 riding style and the KTM very well, as there is some heavy braking -something that we are good at and that favours our bike. The objective is to continue working with the team to carry on improving day after day. For now, we are on the right track."
Argentina provides new challenge for Can Öncü
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider faces second race of 2019 aiming to adapt to and learn a new track.
27/03/2019 - Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit, Argentina
Red Bull KTM Ajo and Can Öncü head to Argentina for the second round of the Moto3 World Championship season. After two weeks off in his native Turkey, the 15-year-old rookie is optimistic about his debut at an unknown circuit for him: Termas de Rio Hondo.
A crash involving multiple riders on the opening lap of the Qatar GP hindered the rookie at Round 1, and he finally finished the race in eighteenth place. Öncü moves on to South America motivated to continue learning more about his KTM Moto3 and claim his first points of the season. One of his big challenges this year is adapting to unfamiliar tracks, and he is targeting progress in order to obtain a strong position on the grid.
The 21-lap second race of the 2019 Moto3 World Championship will be held on Sunday March 31st at 12pm local time.
61 CAN ÖNCÜ
"I have never ridden at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit before, so we will have to work hard this weekend to get familiar with the track and adapt to it. Everyone says that it is a circuit that requires strong braking and getting on the throttle early, so that might work in our favour. If we are intelligent about things, we can achieve a good result. Above all, it will be important to do better in qualifying. We will give it our best shot and see what happens."
Redox PrüstelGP heading to Argentina fully motivated
Three weeks after the start of the season in Qatar, MotoGP is finally heading to Argentina for the second race of the 2019 season. The 4.8 km long Termas de Río Hondo circuit is located in the province of Santiago del Estero, about 6 kilometers outside the city which gives the venue its name. The Redox PrüstelGP team has some very positive and emotional memories with the Argentine circuit, where MotoGP is already making its sixth appearance. To date, the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina 2018 is one of the most beautiful moments in the history of the young racing team - not only was it the first Moto3 World Championship victory for the then newly signed VR46 Academy rider, Marco Bezzecchi, but also the first win on KTM for the racing team from Sachsenring.
A year later, the team starts with its Czech duo, Jakub Kornfeil and Filip Salac. The expectations and goals are high on both sides, after Salac started the Qatar Grand Prix from the end of the grid after a heavy crash in FP3. Kornfeil rode an extremely strong race, but in the end, he was only rewarded with a 10th place.
Now, the focus is completely on the next race. Both riders feel fit and well prepared, especially the 25-year-old veteran Kornfeil wants to build on his strong battle from Qatar and fight with the top again. For the newcomer Salac, the track is yet another stranger, but the former Red Bull Rookies Cup pilot is excited to face this challenge and can’t wait to get back on his Moto3 KTM and finally show what he is capable of.
Jakub Kornfeil #84
I feel more than ready for the upcoming race in Argentina. I trained a lot, also on the bike, which I enjoyed a lot. I had some Motorross training which made me stronger. I also did some cycling, cardio and physio to be fully prepared for our next race. I am eager to start the Argentina Grand Prix, even though I don’t like the track as much as Losail for example but it’s all about the right flow. So together with Hector we need to find a good balance of the bike and great stability and good gearing, then I think we can be competitive. In the past I also had some pretty good sessions at Termas. I am looking forward to get back on the bike. When we left Qatar, I would have wanted to go straight to Argentina. I am positive and really looking forward to round two of the season. I am also happy to see my team again and go back to business with them. The break in-between was quite long but now I am ready to hit the track again.
Filip Salac #12
After the crash in Qatar I am feeling fully fit again. I did a lot of different training in the past weeks between Qatar and Argentina. I went Motocrossing and I also worked in the gym. I am super looking forward to this race because my adventure finally continues and it’s a new track for me too. I have a lot to learn here and I am also still learning on my new KTM. Together with my team we will push hard and give it all to bring us in a better position than last time.
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS prepared for the Argentine tango
The Moto2 World Championship travels to Termas de Río Hondo this weekend where both Alex Márquez and Xavi Vierge have already raced to the podium. The objective of both in South America this Sunday is to improve the results from the opening round in Qatar.
This is the 16th time that the MotoGP World Championship visits Argentina and the sixth to be held at the Termas de Rio Hondo track, which is in the province of Santiago del Estero. Previously it had taken place in Buenos Aires.
The format of the Argentine Grand Prix will follow the same as the one undertaken in Qatar, with Moto3 starting proceedings, followed by Moto2 and MotoGP will conclude the daily track action.
The Termas de Rio Hondo circuit is the fifth fastest on the World Championship calendar and has the second most demanding braking zone of the schedule going into turn five.
Both Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders land in Argentina motivated and well prepared, with the firm intention of improving the results achieved in Qatar.
Alex Márquez arrives in Argentina wanting more after finishing seventh in Qatar. After starting from ninth position on the grid and facing rear grip problems during the race, he managed to score nine valuable points.
In 2018, Alex Márquez finished the race in fifth after starting from the eighth position on the grid. It is the best result he’s achieved in Argentina in Moto2.
In 2014, the number 73 climbed to the second step of the podium in Termas de Rio Hondo on his way to winning the Moto3 title that year. It is his only podium and his best finish in Argentina so far.
"If we stay focused, we can make a good result"
"I think it's a circuit I'm good at and I'm comfortable on. In 2014 in Moto3 I got a podium after a great comeback, so it brings back good memories that I will try to repeat. We have analysed the information obtained in Qatar and we are very motivated to face this second Grand Prix of the year. We are prepared and looking forward to it, so if we stay focused we can make a good result. It's important to stay calm. The first objective will be to finish the race but the truth is that I am optimistic about Argentina."
After a great start from second position on the grid, Xavi suffered problems with the front end that prevented progress beyond a hard fought tenth place.
The Argentine circuit is one of Xavi Vierge's favorites and in 2018 he got the second of his three podium finishes in Moto2. He finished second last year but less than a second behind race winner Mattia Pasini.
Last year the number 97 powered to his one and only pole position in Moto2, stopping the clock at 1'56.13.
"I can't wait to get rid of the bittersweet taste left after the race in Qatar"
"It's a circuit I like very much. It's a fun track and I'm really looking forward to riding it. Apart from the fact that I enjoy it a lot, I'm impatient to get back on the bike and get rid of the bittersweet taste left after the race in Qatar. Last year in Argentina I got my first Moto2 Pole Position and then backed it up with a podium, so no doubt this year I will try to be at same level and repeat the story."
HASTA LA VICTORIA SIEMPRE
Motivated by the new partnership, the VNE SNIPERS team, arrived in Argentina for the second round of the season. After the Qatar Grand Prix, where Romano Fenati and Tony Arbolino struggled for important positions, the Termas de Rio Hondo race, could represent the right chance to redeem themselves. It will be important to pay attention at weather conditions, always unstable here. Last here, on this track, Tony got his first pole position.
Romano Fenati: "In Argentina I always felt good, it's a track I like and where I even won in the past. In Qatar we worked well and my bike was perfect. We need to keep the focus and aim at the best result. The unique uncertainty is represented by the weather, as conditions could become difficult here".
Tony Arbolino: "Here's the second round of the season and I like this track where last year I got my first pole position. I am ready to face this weekend, I want to redeem myself as, in Qatar, it didn't go as expected. I am working a lot with my team to get best possible result".