New Ducati rider Jorge Lorenzo didn’t have the season opener he was hoping for when, after qualifying was cancelled in Qatar due to the weather conditions, he was forced to start from the middle of the pack, meaning he was unable to fight with the front runners as he had hoped to and eventually finished 11th.
However, he has now put race one behind him and is looking ahead to the next event on the 2017 MotoGP calendar, the Argentina GP, that will get underway tomorrow morning local time.
Lorenzo has only scored one podium finish at this track, back in 2014 when he led the race but eventually ended up in third place. For this weekend, he is hoping that he can take another step with Ducati and put his bad luck behind him….
“In Qatar the world championship didn’t begin the way we wanted but now we have to turn over a page and carry on, by focussing on the next race. I can’t wait for the Argentina GP weekend to begin so I can accumulate more mileage and experience on the Ducati,” he said.
“Even though Termas is a circuit where I have suffered a bit in the last few years, it’s a special track; last year the Ducatis went really well and I think I will be able to make another step forward. We have to remain focussed and start to work with a setting that allows us to be quick as soon as possible, because here in Argentina everything is new for me with the Ducati.”
The circuit is situated just outside the spa town in the northern part of Argentina from which it takes its name. It was officially inaugurated in May 2008 with a race for touring cars. In 2012 the circuit was modernized, and Termas became one of the safest, most modern and most spectacular circuits in South America. It measures 4.8 km, and has 14 corners, with a main straight of just over one km in length.