After a disappointing end to the race in Texas for Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini they now head to Argentina for the third round of the season, looking to put things right at the new Termas de Rio Hondo circuit.
The Gran Premio Red Bull de la República Argentina is the perfect opportunity to pick up some World Championship points for Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding after both were forced to retire due to crashes in Austin.
Indeed, Bautista has had a difficult start to the 2014 campaign, having suffered a DNF at both rounds so far. However, Bautista is one of only four riders - along with Cal Crutchlow, Stefan Bradl and Hector Barbera - to have already visited the Argentinian track aboard a MotoGP bike, during the tests performed last year in July.
The Spaniard will therefore start the Grand Prix with a slight advantage, which intends to maximize throughout the weekend.
He commented, “During the tests carried out last year on the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit I could immediately appreciate some very technical parts of the track. I like it a lot, because it’s characterized by many fast corners that suits my riding style.”
“However, it should be said that last year we were able to take advantage of only one day of testing, because we had rain on the second day, therefore we haven’t been able to work on the bike set-up. In this Grand Prix our priority is to finish the race without taking risks: after the first two races we are still at zero points, so this time we absolutely need to collect some points.”
His teammate Redding, meanwhile, will instead discover a new circuit aboard his Open Class Honda RCV1000R: a challenge that fascinates the young rookie, usually at ease at first contact with circuits he has not ridden before.
“The fact that Termas de Rio Hondo is unknown to anyone - apart from the few riders who carried out the tests last year - I think will make things a bit easier for me, because we will all start the weekend on the same level,” said the Englishman.
“In addition, I enjoy a lot riding on a new track: it’s always an interesting challenge trying to be fast on a new circuit, it’s a new motivation. I look forward to start the first free practice, to see how the bike works on this track.”