Moto2

Esteve Rabat Leads Moto2 Field To Argentina

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The contest for the Honda-powered Moto2 World Championship series is shaping up into another great battle with two different winners from the first two rounds, including a stunning debut success by Maverick Vinales (Pons HP 40, Kalex) in Texas.

This was only Vinales‰Ûª second race on a Moto2 bike, but the reigning Moto3 World Champion was in a class apart, coming from behind to score a dominant victory ahead of Qatar victor Esteve Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team, Kalex) who now leads the World Championship.

Vinales lies second, seven points down, following that win and his fourth-place debut in Qatar.

Rabat was one of two Moto2 riders to visit Argentina‰Ûªs newest racetrack last year, along with Nicolas Terol (Mapfre Aspar Team, Suter). He enjoyed the layout but a dusty track followed by rain didn‰Ûªt allow him to really get to grips with the circuit.

‰ÛÏThe Termas de Rio Hondo track is a good one." Rabat enthused. "It has a good mix of fast and slow corners, with a long back straight.

"When we tested there the track was very dirty, as it had just been finished, and we had rain on the second day. It meant we weren‰Ûªt really up to speed, but at least we got a feel for the track layout. I‰Ûªm looking forward to returning this weekend.

"We need to sort out the gearbox issues we had in Austin, but I don‰Ûªt think it will be quite so noticeable in Argentina, because of the nature of the circuit.

"It‰Ûªs far too early in the season to be thinking about the championship, so, once again we will head into the race looking for the win.‰Û

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