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Honda Ready To Tackle South America

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Repsol Honda riders Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) head to South America this week, for the sport‰Ûªs first visit to the continent in a decade.

The Spanish pair arrive at the brand-new venue Termas de Rio Hondo in great shape, holding first and second places in the MotoGP World Championship after brilliant performances at the opening two Grands Prix of 2014.

Reigning World Champion Marquez was the star performer in both races, taking jubilant victories in Qatar and Texas, while Pedrosa scored a third place and a second place to chase his team-mate in the points standings.

‰ÛÏArgentina will be a new track for most of us, some riders went a year ago but I don‰Ûªt think the track surface was ideal so they were a little limited on the amount of laps they could do." Marquez explained.

"I‰Ûªm looking forward to visiting a new circuit and it will be nice for the fans. We will be looking to continue with the same momentum from the first two races of the season.‰Û
Dani Pedrosa Credit: Honda Racing
Marquez beat Pedrosa by four seconds and Pedrosa was more than 16 seconds ahead of the third-placed finisher, proving that the Honda Racing Corporation is continuing its legacy of creating superb racing motorcycles.

‰ÛÏAfter Austin I‰Ûªm looking forward to Argentina and getting some laps around the track to feel the bike and learn the circuit!" Pedrosa commented. "I don‰Ûªt know much about the new track, I‰Ûªve tried to do some homework with maps and videos and find out as much as I could before arriving but it‰Ûªs hard to say something not being on the bike.

"I‰Ûªm looking forward to the weekend and meeting the fans over there as it will be my first visit to the country!"

Neither rider has visited the new circuit, constructed for MotoGP in the north of the country, 1100km (700 Miles) north of capital Buenos Aires, so they will start from zero on Friday morning.

Marquez, as always, will be helped on his way by mentor Emilio Alzamora, who has fond memories of the sport‰Ûªs last visit to Argentina in October 1999, when he secured that year‰Ûªs 125 World Championship riding his Honda RS125 at the Autodromo Oscar Alfredo Galvez on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.
Stefan Bradl is one of a handful of riders who have tested on the new circuit - Credit: Honda Racing
One of the few riders who has ridden Termas De Rio Hondo is Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V) who spent a couple of days there last summer, as part of a promotional event. He did ride the track on his RC213V but conditions were far from ideal.

‰ÛÏEvery time we race on a new track it‰Ûªs tough to make predictions." Bradl stated. "Last year I visited Termas de Rio Hondo for a couple of days but in my opinion it was not a proper test.

"The paddock was still under construction and the surface conditions were pretty bad. It was impossible to gather data because the grip level was very poor.

"I am pretty sure they made a big step forward from last year and it will be interesting to challenge my colleagues on a new race track. I know the layout but there‰Ûªs a lot to do in terms of set-up.

"The motivation is high considering my fourth place in Austin.‰Û

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