DOHA, QATAR - MARCH 26: Maverick Vinales of Spain and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP smiles during the press conference at the end of the MotoGP race during the MotoGp of Qatar - Race at Losail Circuit on March 26, 2017 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Yamaha Racing’s new rider, Maverick Viñales confirmed his rising star status in a demanding race at the Losail circuit ten days ago and is determined to stay focused during the upcoming race weekend in Argentina.

The young gun aims to keep his form at the Grand Prix and to capture his first podium finish at the Argentine track.

Having shown his grit at the opening round, he will again do his utmost to fight off the competition and land a place on the rostrum.

“After the amazing race in Qatar I'm super excited to be back on my M1 this weekend in Termas de Río Hondo,” the young Spaniard said. “Now we have the difficult challenge to continue getting good results, Qatar was only the first race of 18. I can feel the pressure a little bit because the level of my rivals is very high, but that motivates me even more to keep working hard. We have to be cautious, work step by step and race by race.”

The Termas de Río Hondo Circuit first staged a MotoGP event in 2014.

The 4.8km long track was purposely redesigned in 2012 to make it Latin America's most modern and safest circuit.

With an exciting layout that includes a mixture of fast corners (five left and nine right) and a 1076m longest straight, this year's race in Argentina is expected to be another one for the books.

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