Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez has traveled to South America this week for the second round of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship which will be held on the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit in the Province of Santiago del Estero in Argentina.
This will be the fourth year the series has raced at this venue since it made its debut in the 2014 season and of the three events already contested, Marquez has won two, the first in 2014 and again last year.
He has also secured pole position here each time and despite the difficulties he faced in the 2017 season opening round in Qatar ten days ago, the reigning world champion is aiming to continue his success story with the Argentine track.
“Qatar was a hard Grand Prix but we improved a lot over the weekend even if we couldn’t reach the podium on Sunday. Now we’ll see if the work we did there will be fruitful in Argentina. The track is nice; I’ve always felt good there, but the grip level is always pretty low," he said.
"Tyre life is something to be aware of, as it’s normally very short, so we’ll work to reduce this issue and also to further improve the general bike setup. We look forward to fighting for the podium in front of our Argentinian fans, who are very passionate and supportive.”
While the track layout is quite different from that of Losail, he will still have to deal with some similar challenges, such as the track’s surface conditions, which are usually quite dusty and lacking in grip, at least on the first day of practice.
Weather also is something to take into account as temperatures can sometimes be very hot, further testing tyre life.