It’s only 8 days until free practice and 10 days until race day at the Argentine GP, but what can we expect?
MotoGP returns to Argentina for the 5th consecutive year and with two previous victories for, Marc Marquez and one for Valentino Rossi, it’s already shaping up to be a great race.
After taking first spoils in Qatar, Andrea Dovizioso will be looking to keep up his good form and extend the fresh 5 point lead on last years MotoGP Champion, Marc Marquez. The first race of the calendar lived up to expectations and presented us with a 22 lap thriller with spills and edgy overtaking and we’re looking forward to what the Argentine GP will bring us.
Dovizioso’s teammate, Jorge Lorenzo will also be looking to make an impact after picking himself up after an issue with brake failure on lap 10 in Qatar. Following the race, Lorenzo said …
I was really lucky it didn’t happen in the first corner because if it happened at 300 km/h it would have been a different story. I was lucky about that but today we have zero points. I just felt the level of the front brake was getting closer to my fingers and I didn’t have brake after some metres. I needed to try to use less front brake and more the rear, tried to delay this thing that was getting worse lap by lap.
Retirees Pol Espargaro and Alex Rins will also both be looking to get themselves back into good form in Argentina.
After a sensational debut win in Qatar, Francesco Bagnaia (SKY Racing Team VR46) will aim to set the pace again. The 2017 rookie of the year showed fine form in his first Moto2 race and beat compatriot Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons HP40) to the line at the finish. Alex Marquez will look to improve on his P3 finish in Qatar.
Moto3 promises to offer a thrilling show again after a near photo finish in Qatar for Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) taking the full 25 points ahead of Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) who placed P2. One of the greatest starts we have seen on a Moto3 in years. We’re excited to see what they create in Argentina.
Here’s what to expect on the track in each class:
|Red Flag Finish||18 (3/4 of laps)||15 (2/3 of laps)||14 (2/3 of laps)|
|Total Distance||120.2 km (74.8 miles)||110.5 km (68.8 miles)||100.9 km (62.8 miles)|
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