DOHA, QATAR - MARCH 12: Aleix Espargaro of Spain and Aprilia Racing Team Gresini heads down a straight during the MotoGP Tests In Losail at Losail Circuit on March 12, 2017 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Aleix Espargaró took a brilliant sixth place in the maiden race for the 2017 Aprilia RS-GP, but now it is time for the team to focus on the next challenge, this weekend’s Argentinian race to be held on the Termas de Río Hondo circuit,

Round two will be a brand new test bench for the progress the Italian bike has demonstrated after proving its race competitiveness, managing traction and performance, it’s the performance over a flying lap in qualifying where riders and mechanics are now seeking further improvement.

In the first race, Aleix was the protagonist of impressive progress, but a good position on the starting grid would increase the chances of aiming for an important result.

Therefore, the Argentinian race represents an important exam for Aleix's to continue the positive trend begun in Losail.

"After the good sensations in Qatar, I can't wait to ride in Argentina,” he said. “It's a track that I really like and I'm always comfortable with my riding style there. I hope to be able to get an optimal set up in race conditions, but at the same time I would like to battle for a good position in QP too."