2019 Argentina MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press releases from Michelin and some of the MotoGP teams ahead of this weekend's race at Termas de Rio Hondo:


The Mission Winnow Ducati team ready for a new challenge in Argentina for the second round of the MotoGP World Championship

After achieving a spectacular win in the opening race of the year with Andrea Dovizioso in Qatar, the Mission Winnow Ducati team is ready to resume action in Argentina for the second round of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship, scheduled for March 29-31 on the Termas de Río Hondo track, located in the North of the country.

The Grand Prix of Argentina, which reached its 15th edition, will take place in the track located in the Santiago del Estero province for the sixth consecutive year. Andrea Dovizioso achieved his best result there in 2015, when he finished second, while in the past two seasons the Italian finished sixth and fifth, first among Ducati riders. Danilo Petrucci claimed seventh place in 2017 as his personal best result on this circuit, and is particularly determined to rewrite the stats.

Ahead of the GP, the FIM Court of Appeal ruled that the appendix mounted on the swingarm of the Ducati Desmosedici GP 19 of Andrea Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller is complying with the technical regulations and therefore can be utilized again during the 2019 championship.

"We were convinced we fully complied with the technical regulations and therefore we were confident about the ruling by the FIM Court of Appeal, so we can only express our satisfaction for the decision made, which further underlies the regularity of our endeavors," said Luigi Dall'Igna, Ducati Corse General Manager. "Now we simply want to focus on the upcoming race, which is bound to be another tough and exciting challenge."

Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Mission Winnow Ducati) – 1st (25 points)

"We started the season in the best possible way, winning the opening race in Qatar, but the championship is long and we know by experience we cannot let our guard down. We have a great base, we're working efficiently and we were able to make the most of our strong suits at Losail, especially in terms of acceleration and top speed, but we need to improve our mid-corner speed. To this end, the upcoming race will represent a good benchmark and will allow us to try some new solutions. Our goal is to be on the podium also on less favorable tracks to be in contention until the very last race."

Danilo Petrucci (#9 Mission Winnow Ducati) – 6th (10 points)

"I'm ready to tackle the next race with even more motivation after finishing sixth in Qatar. I need to continue to be fast, but also to improve my overall approach ahead of the race. The Termas de Río Hondo circuit is somewhat tricky to interpret, its layout is quite peculiar and in the past it's been generally dirty in the early sessions, which increases tyre wear and doesn't help finding the right feeling. Things can change real quick also in terms of weather, it'll be crucial to start off on the right foot to maximize the track time during practice. I'm confident: last year we found a good setup for the race and we'll try to restart from there, our goal is once again to finish within the top five."

The Mission Winnow Ducati team will resume action Friday, March 29th, at 10:50 local time for the first free-practice session.


Argentina awaits the Repsol Honda Team

With the first race of 2019 under their belts, Repsol Honda Team riders Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo are ready to continue building.

Joining the calendar in 2014, the Argentina Grand Prix at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit is one of the longest races in the championship at over 120 kilometres across 25 laps. Characterised by multiple long staights, demanding left-hand corners and often-unpredictable weather, the race has produced five different premier class winners in six years.

Opening his 2019 MotoGP™ World Championship campaign in an almost identical fashion to 2018, Marc Marquez battled Andrea Dovizioso until the line in Qatar. Walking away with 20 points, the reigning MotoGP™ World Champion began his title defense with a solid result. Now awaits the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit where Marquez has achieved two wins previously, the only premier class rider to win there more than once.

For Jorge Lorenzo, the Argentina GP will be about continuing to learn and adapting to the Repsol Honda Team RC213V. After a physically punishing weekend, where it was later revealed he had sustained a fissure to one of his ribs, Lorenzo and the team are aiming for a smooth weekend to again unlock the potential shown on Friday in Qatar.

The weekend begins at 12:00 local time with the pre-race press conference where Marc Marquez will once again be in attendance. On track action starts on Friday, March 29 at 10:50 Local time with Free Practice 1, lights going out on the race at 15:00 local time on Sunday, March 31.

Marc Marquez

“We started well in Qatar and fought until the end for victory. The goal is of course to do the same in Argentina and take as many points as possible. Time between the two races has been good, I was able to return training with a motocross bike and I feel confident for this race.”

Jorge Lorenzo

“Despite not finishing where we wanted, Qatar showed that we have a lot of potential with the Honda. Argentina will give us a chance to continue to improve on the bike. I have been focusing fully on my recovery between races, the wrist is feeling better and the pain in my ribs has also improved a lot since the race. In the past Argentina has not been one of my strongest circuits, but the Honda presents a new opportunity.”


FAST CORNERS AND GOOD MEMORIES AWAIT RINS AND MIR IN ARGENTINA

Team Suzuki Press Office - March 27.

The second round of the 2019 MotoGP season sees Team SUZUKI ECSTAR head to Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina, following a thrilling race in Qatar last month. At the Doha circuit Alex Rins fought consistently in the podium positions, leading the race several times, and he achieved a fourth place - which served not only as a continuation of his great results at the end of 2018, but also gave a lot of positivity to this new season. Joan Mir enjoyed a strong performance too, capable of fighting in the Top 5 for more than half the race and learning a lot of important lessons.

The Termas de Rio Hondo track in Argentina is a peculiar one. It’s a fairly new circuit, built with experience and bulldozers in the north western area of Argentina, close to the Andes. The circuit is very fast and the straight is preceded by a fast corner, this corner speed may well have strong impact on the top speed reached on the straight.

Last year Rins found a very good feeling with the circuit and its tricky conditions – dusty and dirty, as usual. He was able to put in an outstanding performance which brought him his first MotoGP podium with third place. There are also good memories here for Mir, who won the Moto3 race in 2017, the first one in his run to the World Championship Title.

Davide Brivio – Team Manager:

“We are all excited to go to Argentina after the great opening round we experienced in Qatar. Our main objective for the season debut was to continue with the same performance level that we left in 2018 and then to improve further, and Alex perfectly matched this plan with his fight for the podium throughout the whole race, taking the lead a few times too. Joan put together a very positive race, almost above our expectations, as he could fight in the top group for more than half the race, and he learnt some important lesson about race management too.

“The Argentina GP last year was a good one for us, with Alex capable of managing the tricky conditions that we encountered on track, and finally getting his first MotoGP podium. Our main goals for this upcoming GP will be to keep Alex close to the top of the sheets and to give Joan a good package that allow him to learn as much as possible. It won’t be easy for him as it will be his first time on a MotoGP machine on this circuit.”

Alex Rins:

“I’m happy to go to Argentina because the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit is a layout that I like. The layout is very fast, which suits my GSX-RR’s characteristics, and we have good memories from here as last year I got my first MotoGP podium. Here the surroundings are very different to Europe, the layout is unique, and so are the fans. It’s a place I really enjoy, not only on track but also outside the track. The circuit itself is a good mix: it has very fast corners but also two very slow corners, and the straight is long but it has a very long fast corner where we can exploit the characteristics of my bike and have fun!”

Joan Mir:

“The opening round in Qatar was a very positive one for me. I was not expecting to be so competitive at my very first race and it was very exciting to find myself among the top group with the more experienced riders. It was good not only for the race itself but also for the opportunity I had to learn. At the end of the race I had to give up the pace because of the progressive consumption of the tyres, and so the race management is one of the aspects I will need to work on. But now it’s time to think about Argentina, which is kind of a question mark for me with the MotoGP bike. We haven’t done any testing here, and I expect that the early runs will be needed to simply understand how to ride properly. The circuit itself is very nice, and may suit well the GSX-RR, but it will also be tricky in terms of the conditions. In 2017 I got my first victory of the season in Moto3, so I also have good memories from Termas de Rio Hondo, and I hope that they will be replaced by even better memories with the top class.”

TECHNICAL HIGHLIGHTS OF QATAR:

Frankie Carchedi – “Argentina can be tricky because we don’t test there, and it’s still fairly new on the calendar. The main challenges for us come from the weather and the tyre choice. In recent years we’ve had varied temperatures and also some rain. It’s a track which suits our bike, and Alex took a podium here last year. We’ve improved the GSX-RR’s braking since then, so we feel positive for the race. Set-up is important with a lot of fast corners, so you need to balance the bike between acceleration and not too much spinning.”


Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP plan for action in Argentina

Setup

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales are ready to fight again at the upcoming second Grand Prix of the 2019 MotoGP season, held in Argentina this weekend.

Rossi was just 0.6s off the victory at the opening round, despite starting from P14 on the grid. The battling with his rivals in Qatar intensified his love for racing even more, and he is ready to challenge amongst the front-runners again this weekend.

The nine-time World Champion is hugely popular in Latin America. He can expect the support from thousands of fans who will be cheering him on from the Termas de Río Hondo stands. The Doctor aims to do them proud and greet them from the podium - like he did in 2015, when he secured the victory, and in 2016 and 2017, having taken second place - to make up for last year's race result, obtained in tricky half-wet, half-dry conditions.

Though he didn't end the first race of the season as high as he would have liked, Viñales took the positives from the first weekend in Losail and is motivated to show his speed again at the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina, which he has fond memories of.

Two years ago, he secured his second successive dominant win of the year on his Yamaha YZR-M1 in Argentina. The Spaniard struggled here last year in a slightly chaotic and challenging race, but he still took home solid points, securing fifth position. This year he wants to feel competitive again, so he can duplicate the 2017 result and once more enjoy the great sensation of winning in front of the Argentinian fans.

The 4.8km long Termas de Río Hondo Circuit was added to the MotoGP calendar in 2014. The track was remodelled two years earlier, to make it Latin America's most modern and safest circuit. With an exciting lay-out that includes a mixture of fast corners (five left, nine right) and a 1076m longest straight, the Argentinian fans can be assured that they will see plenty of racing and overtaking action again.

Valentino Rossi

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP

“I enjoyed the race in Qatar, but now we focus on Argentina. First of all, we hope we‘ll have good track conditions at the circuit this weekend, because that‘s always crucial. Second of all, we hope we‘ll have good weather this year. Last year‘s race was incredibly tricky, riding on a half-wet, half-dry surface - it was very difficult to ride the bike with slicks over the wet patches. We hope we won‘t have to repeat that, and we will see if we‘re strong. I'll do my best to fight for the podium.”

Maverick Vinales

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP

"We did a good job in Qatar, during all the weekend, despite what the result of the race suggests. The team delivered really great work during the last race weekend, so now we're looking forward to this week's Grand Prix in Argentina. This season we're going to take it race-by-race, trying to improve every day. I can‘t wait to ride at Termas de Río Hondo again - I know what it's like to win there. I hope to have the same feeling again this year and be able to fight for the victory. I really think that we can do a good job this weekend and that we will be at the front during the entire race, with the possibility to win."

Massimo Meregalli

Team Director

"We didn't finish as high as we wanted to in Qatar, but this only fuels us to work harder and we learned from that experience. Getting to the Termas de Río Hondo circuit is quite a journey for the team and riders, but once we get there it's always very rewarding. The local fans are incredibly passionate about MotoGP, so we want to put on a good show for them this weekend. Though I'm sure the spectators all enjoyed the drama of last year's unplanned and slightly chaotic starting procedure, we are hoping for a completely wet or dry race. We know this track suits our bike, and our riders also enjoy this circuit, so we hope to be in for another exciting GP weekend and work towards a strong result."


APRILIA LOOKING FOR CONFIRMATION AT THE FIRST ROUND IN THE AMERICAS

AFTER THE PROMISING DÉBUT, ESPARGARÓ AND IANNONE TACKLE THE ARGENTINIAN ROUND

Before heading to Europe, the MotoGP World Championship will be making its usual stop on the other side of the Atlantic for the two races on the American continent. The first round will be on the Argentinian Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, built in 2007 and added to the MotoGP calendar in the 2014 season. It is a rather fast track (more than 170 km/h average) with plenty of treachery, especially in terms of grip conditions.

The Aprilia Racing Team Gresini will arrive at the Argentinian race after a solid début in Qatar. In the first race, Aleix rode the new RS-GP into the top ten, finishing close to the leaders and – most importantly – gleaning good sensations throughout the entire weekend. On the track in the desert, growth was constant session after session, both for Espargaró and for Iannone. In fact, on his first true long run astride the RS-GP, Andrea also finished in the points. It was his début on the Aprilia V4 and the fact that he kept the gap behind the leading group to a minimum is a testament to his progress. For both riders, the goal is now to continue growing along with the new bike, keeping their sights set on the points zone.

ALEIX ESPARGARO'

"The Argentinian track is one that I like and where I have always been rather competitive. I can't wait to get back on the track. The important thing for us is to keep finishing in the top-10 in the next two races so we can arrive at Jerez with a nice bounty of points and confidence. The 2019 RS-GP is very fast in fifth and sixth. I hope to be able to take advantage of this improvement on the long straight at Termas."

ANDREA IANNONE

"In our first weekend, we worked well, demonstrating that we are on the right path. If I look at the previous years, Aleix has been fast with Aprilia on the Rio Hondo track and I hope we will be this year too. In any case, our priority is not the result in the strictest sense, but rather constant improvement of the RS-GP that brings us closer to the championship leaders."


CRUTCHLOW RARING TO GO AGAIN IN ARGENTINA

PRESS RELEASE: 28 March 2019 | Argentina GP Preview

Cal Crutchlow is excited about the prospect of getting back out on the track in Argentina this weekend as he returns to the scene of his memorable victory 12 months ago. Despite his injury problems over the close season, the LCR Honda CASTROL rider enjoyed a superb start to his 2019 campaign in Qatar as he battled through the field to claim a podium finish. Now, with a strong track record at Termas de Rio Hondo, he’s hopeful of following that with another positive result.

The Briton claimed podium finishes in Argentina in both 2015 and 2017, but topped those results last year as he held off Johan Zarco to take the chequered flag. Crutchlow says that memory will stand him in good stead this time around, but admits the three-week wait has done him no favours as he looks to build on his excellent performance in Qatar.

Cal Crutchlow

“Two weekends off after you’ve had a good result is too long, you already want to see if you can repeat it or do a good job at the next race. Obviously we’re all very, very happy with what happened in Qatar, especially the way we managed the situation because we weren’t having a good weekend and then we turned it around in the race. I think the key is to not panic if things aren’t going as well as you’d hoped, keep working and go into the race with a clear head”.

“I wasn’t surprised, I felt I had good pace, but maybe pace for the top six. To be on the podium was an added bonus as my plan was just to go there, finish the race and score points. That will be my plan again this weekend, I’m not looking any further ahead than that, I just hope we have another enjoyable weekend and I’m able to battle”.

“It’s always nice (to come back to a venue you’ve won at). Over the years I’ve had a good feeling with the track, although I don’t really like it particularly, I’ve just always gone well here. I’ve made three podiums here now and hopefully I’ll aim to make that four on Sunday afternoon.”


NAKAGAMI TO KEEP PROGRESSING IN ARGENTINA

PRESS RELEASE: 28 March 2019 | Argentina GP Preview

After an encouraging result in the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix, LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider Takaaki Nakagami is hoping to make further strides in Argentina this weekend. The Japanese talent underlined his potential during close season testing and carried that impressive form into the first round of 2019 as he progressed to Q2 before finishing ninth at the Losail International Circuit.

The 27-year-old will be looking for a similar level of performance at Termas de Rio Hondo as he bids to establish himself as a regular top-10 contender in the MotoGP category.

Takaaki Nakagami

“As I said before the last race, I’m really excited for this weekend. We had a good opening race in Qatar and I’m looking to make another step forward. We’ll try to do our best as always, although it might be a little bit tricky because of the weather forecast this weekend. Anyway, day by day we’ll try to improve, we’ll see what happens and do our best.”


PETRONAS Yamaha SRT confident ahead of South American adventure

Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo feeling optimistic for second race of the season after a positive first weekend at the Qatar GP.

After the season opener at the Losail International Circuit, the MotoGP World Championship heads to the other side of the world this weekend for round two at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit, home of the Grand Prix of Argentina since 2014. The PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team travel to South America feeling confident of maintaining the good form they showed in Qatar, where both riders featured in Q2 and only an incident for Fabio Quartararo on the grid meant they both didn’t also feature in the points.

Franco Morbidelli took eleventh place in the Qatar race, on a night that saw him spend the majority of the race running with the lead group. Now the Italian heads to Termas de Rio Hondo, a circuit where he celebrated on the podium after taking victory on his way to the Moto2 title in 2017, and where he scored two points in his debut season within the premiere class last year.

Quartararo experienced a rollercoaster debut into the MotoGP field at the season opener in Qatar. The Frenchman immediately excelled taking fifth place in Q2 - the best qualifying performance by a rookie in the premiere class since 2008 -, but the high was short lived following an unfortunate incident on the grid, resulting in a pit-lane start. Nevertheless Quartararo made a heroic recovery, fighting his way to sixteenth place and setting the fastest lap of the race. Three weeks on, the PETRONAS Yamaha SRT rider is determined to score the first points of his MotoGP career in Argentina, at a circuit where he boasts a best result of 6th in the Moto3 race in 2015.

The 25-lap MotoGP race will start at 3pm local time on Sunday. Prior to that, the whole PETRONAS Sepang Racing Team will be raising awareness of climate change by taking part in the Earth Hour campaign.

#21 Franco Morbidelli

"Over the last couple of weeks between races I have taken the chance to relax and recover so that I can go into the Argentina GP with renewed energy. In Qatar, during both the test and the race weekend, we found a good base setting so now we need to see if it works for us in Argentina. I like the track in Argentina a lot, so it will be fun to go back to Termas de Rio Hondo and feel the passion and the support of the Argentinian fans again. I have great memories of my past performances there. Termas de Rio Hondo is a circuit I managed to take a dominant win at and where I always have a good feeling. There are many factors that have to come together to make a good result in MotoGP, so in this second race we are going to try to learn from our mistakes, improve on the result from Losail and demonstrate our true potential."

#20 Fabio Quartararo

"I have been training hard over the past few days and we also took the opportunity to analyse the race in Qatar. It is important to be ready for the next Grand Prix in Argentina. I wasn’t expecting to be in the top ten, especially not the top five, in every session of my debut in MotoGP. We had good pace all weekend there but the fact I had to start from pit lane meant that we used the tyres too quickly in the first part of the race. That is something to learn from at this next race in Argentina and an area that we will continue to improve in throughout the season. I like the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit because it has some wide corners and even though it is a little bumpy I am sure it will be good fun to ride a MotoGP bike there. We arrive in Argentina without any prior testing there so the first laps will be in FP1. We will have to stay calm but also learn the track quickly and discover the key points to the track with our bike."


Argentina awaits Grand Prix tango for round two

Being through two weekends without racing, the Red Bull KTM Tech3 duo of Miguel Oliveira and Hafizh Syahrin is eager to return to action this weekend for the Argentina GP, which marks the second round of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship season.

After he displayed a truly remarkable premier class debut, Portuguese rider Oliveira aims for his first MotoGP points at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, while Syahrin seeks for more confidence aboard his brand-new KTM RC16 in order to reduce the gap to the front, starting with FP1 at 10.50 local time (14.50 CET) on Friday.

Miguel Oliveira

Championship: 17th

Points: -

“Argentina is the first track I’m riding without testing it before. I guess, it will be different and we will need to adapt quicker to the conditions and to the track layout. We try to discover this bike with the track, I already know and liked a lot. It’s going to be appositive weekend. Hopefully we can keep on fighting where we finished in Qatar, which was for the points. So, this is my goal, continuing to improve my riding, getting better with the team, with the bike and the whole setup. I feel confident and ready to fight again.”

Hafizh Syahrin

Championship: 20th

Points: -

“I’m just really looking forward to the next race in Argentina. I want to improve myself overall, but also getting along better with the bike and learn as much as I can. Let’s see what we can do. During these last weeks off after the first round in Qatar, I have been training very hard in order to be ready to become better. I hope everything is going well. Let’s work hard and push!”

Hervé Poncharal

Team Manager

“Argentina is the second Grand Prix of the season and at the same time the second Grand Prix for Red Bull KTM Tech3. The opening round in Qatar was interesting. We saw a very exciting race from Miguel, I think he learned a lot. Clearly, the last seven, eight laps were a bit difficult, but this is something that is part of the learning process of a rookie in the MotoGP class. It has been a tough race for Hafizh. I also hope that he learned quite a lot of a full Grand Prix distance with the KTM RC16. Argentina 2018 was a great, great, great memory for both of our riders. Of course, Johann Zarco challenged the win until the very last lap and ending up second was an unbelievable event. Hafizh did a strong, strong race and finished in ninth, which was a great result for the whole Tech3 team. We always have great memories, a great feeling and good fun racing and working in Termas de Rio Hondo. For sure we are all eager to fly to Argentina to race there, very impatient to see what our KTM is going to do on this race track, how our two riders are going to deal with this circuit without any test before. We saw in Qatar that the MotoGP grid is as competitive as ever. Everybody is very, very close, so clearly, we are in the learning process and not in a position where we can fight for the top 5, but the target for both our riders is to finish in the points and hopefully together with Pol Espargaro and Johann Zarco our two guys will help the whole KTM project to become stronger.”


MICHELIN IS ON THE LONG TREK TO SOUTH AMERICA

Michelin undertakes one of the most intense logistical journeys of the 2019 MotoGP™ season this week as the championship heads to South America and the town of Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina for the second round of the year and the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina.

The 4,806m circuit is a severe examination of riders, machinery and especially tyres. Its abrasive surface, mixed with high temperatures and increased loads that are created throughout the five left and nine right-hand turns, plus its long straight in excess of one kilometre means the Michelin rubber faces one of its most stringent tests of the whole season. The team have worked hard throughout the previous visits to gather the data required to give the optimum performance around the circuit and Michelin is now heading to Argentina with a confident demeanour aimed at pushing performance to increased levels. The surface at Termas underwent changes last year, due to the resurfacing of most of the layout, but unfortunately many of the sessions in 2018 were interrupted by wet weather, meaning Michelin never had the chance to fully exploit the range of tyres at last year’s event, so it will be hoping for improved conditions to give it the chance to demonstrate its ability at a track where it hasn’t had a fully dry event since its return to MotoGP in 2016.

The allocation for Argentina will feature soft, medium and hard MICHELIN Power Slick tyres that have been chosen to match the stresses of this demanding circuit and all will be symmetrical in design. This is the first time Michelin has supplied a full selection of symmetric rear tyres at Termas, but from analysing the data and seeing the even spread of stress that is created through the different corners, it was decided that this was the best allocation for this challenging track. In the event of wet weather, which historically has been an issue at Termas do Rio Hondo, the MICHELIN Power Rain selection will be in a soft and medium for the front and rear, with the rears featuring a harder right-hand-side asymmetric finish.

Michelin and the 22-strong field will take to the track of Friday 29th March for two Free Practice sessions. Saturday will see further practices before the excitement of qualifying will decide the grid positions. Sunday’s 25-lap race will get underway at 15.00hrs local time (20.00hrs CEST, 19.00hrs BST, 18.00hrs UST/GMT).

Piero Taramasso – Michelin Motorsport Two-Wheel Manager:

“The Termas track has been a bit of a nemesis for Michelin since we returned to MotoGP. When we had a test there in 2015 it rained, so we didn’t get full data and in the three years that we have raced there we have had inclement weather which has meant we have never been able to get a fully dry weekend where we can totally assess the performance of the tyres. This year we are taking an allocation that we believe is matched to the new asphalt that was laid last season and because we were able to use four compounds in 2018 – due to not being able to test on the new surface – we know how they performed in the few dry sessions we had and have made the decision for the allocation based on that. We have also used our intensive knowledge as to how tyres have performed at other circuits with similar characteristics to Termas when making our decision for the selection for this weekend and based on all that information that we had at our disposal, we have included a complete range of symmetric rear slicks. It is a demanding track that can really push the tyres to the utmost limits, especially if it is quite warm, so we have prepared for what lies ahead and we are determined to get some strong results – if the weather allows us to!”



Winnowing the key stats: 10 things to know about the Grand Prix of Argentina

After a thrilling start of the year in Qatar, where Andrea Dovizioso won the opening race, the 2019 MotoGP World Championship is ready to visit Argentina for the second round. Here are 10 key stats about the Termas de Río Hondo circuit and the Mission Winnow Ducati team:

• The Argentinian track is the second-fastest on the calendar after Phillip Island, with an average speed of 177 km/h

• The upcoming race will mark the 15th edition of the Grand Prix of Argentina, which will unfold at Termas de Río Hondo for the sixth time. The first GP of Argentina dates back to 1961 and was held at the "Oscar Alfredo Galvez" track, located on the southern outskirts of Buenos Aires.

• In 2017, the same winners of the opening round also claimed the top step of the podium in Argentina: dire Joan Mir (Moto3), Franco Morbidelli (Moto2) e Maverick Viñales (MotoGP).

• Andrea Dovizioso's best result at Termas de Río Hondo is second (2015), a result he could have repeated the following year if it weren't for a last-corner crash with Iannone. Still, Dovizioso managed to push his Desmosedici GP until the checkered flag, finishing 13th in front a cheering team and crowd.

• With his win in Qatar, Dovizioso has not 22 wins to his tally, 12 of which came with Ducati.

• Danilo Petrucci's best result at Termas de Río Hondo is a seventh place scored in 2017.

• To date, Ducati has yet to claim a win on Argentinian soil.

• In 2018, after taking pole position onboard the Pramac Racing Team's Ducati Desmosedici GP, Jack Miller was the only rider not to change tyres on the grid from slick to rain compounds before the start. As the rest of the field couldn't start all together from pit-lane, Race Direction opted to separate the Australian from the rest of the grid by a few empty rows. In the aftermath, the starting regulations were further optimized.

• In 2018, both Moto3 (Bezzecchi) and Moto2 (Pasini) had an Italian winner. From 2014 to date, the Italian flag was waived five times on the top of the podium at Termas de Río Hondo.

• Arthur Wheeler won the GP of Argentina in 1962 in the 250cc class at age 46, becoming the oldest rider to ever win a race in the world stage.


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