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Repsol Honda Team ready to tackle Argentina challenge

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Following a positive first GP of the season for the Repsol Honda team, with Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa posting podium and top-five results, respectively, the squad now heads to Argentina for round two.

This will be the first of two back-to-back flyway races, and the team is ready to tackle the challenges that will be presented at the championship‰Ûªs sole South American stop.

There was no winter test at Rio Hondo and it will therefore be crucial to make the most of the track time available and quickly understand the right direction to follow with bike setup. Tyre choice will also be a key point at the circuit, which is demanding for tyres; Michelin has never raced at the venue, although they did conduct a testing session with Michele Pirro in 2015. That said, Marc and Dani, together with their crews, significantly expanded their knowledge of the RC213V‰Ûªs setup in Qatar.
Marc Marquez
Both riders like the Argentine track, where they delivered a Honda 1-2 result during their first visit in 2014, although last year wasn‰Ûªt as rewarding, with Marc crashing out of the race while fighting for the win and Dani not even racing due to the surgery he had just undergone to solve his arm pump problem.

‰ÛÏWe come to Argentina in a positive mood after achieving a third-place finish in Qatar, a result that wasn‰Ûªt really predictable before the start of the season," Marquez said.

"We worked very hard and very well with Honda and with the team over the weekend, and on race day I was able to push as hard as is currently possible. Of course we haven‰Ûªt had a winter test here to count on and we‰Ûªll have to see if the setup we found in Qatar will also work here. That would be a good step forward for us, generally speaking, and we could even aim for a little bit better result on Sunday. Of course it will be a question mark until Friday but all in all, Argentina is a circuit that I like. We‰Ûªve always been fast here, so I feel positive for the weekend.‰Û
Dani Pedrosa


MotoGP Rider Standings after round 1
1 Lorenzo Jorge SPA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
2 Dovizioso Andrea ITA 20 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Marquez Marc SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda
4 Rossi Valentino ITA 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
5 Pedrosa Dani SPA 11 Repsol Honda Team Honda
6 Vinales Maverick SPA 10 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
7 Espargaro Pol SPA 9 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
8 Smith Bradley GBR 8 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
9 Barbera Hector SPA 7 Avintia Racing Ducati
10 Redding Scott GBR 6 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati
11 Espargaro Aleix SPA 5 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
12 Laverty Eugene IRE 4 Aspar MotoGP Team Ducati
13 Bautista Alvaro SPA 3 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
14 Miller Jack AUS 2 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
15 Rabat Tito SPA 1 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda

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