Repsol Honda pair head to South America leading the way

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

After a strong start to the 2014 season, which has seen MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez win the first two races and teammate Dani Pedrosa finishing on the podium twice, the Repsol Honda team head to Argentina full of confidence.

Marquez and Pedrosa occupy the top two spots in the standings and they are both looking forward to the challenge of a new venue at this weekend’s Gran Premio Red Bull de la República Argentina.

Ahead of the Grand Prix the 4.8km Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo has had a complete overhaul and major renovation by Italian circuit designer Jarno Zaffelli, in order to host to the first World Championship race in Argentina since 1999.

A selection of riders and teams tested at the track last July, including Honda satellite riders Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista. Their initial data collection will be important when the teams take to the track on Friday morning for FP1.

Marquez stated, “Argentina will be a new track for most of us, some riders went a year ago but I don’t think the track surface was ideal so they were a little limited on the amount of laps they could do. I’m looking forward to visiting a new circuit and it will be nice for the fans. We will be looking to continue with the same momentum from the first two races of the season.”

Pedrosa meanwhile, commented, "After Austin I’m looking forward to Argentina and getting some laps around the track to feel the bike and learn the circuit! I don’t know much about the new track, I've tried to do some homework with maps and videos and find out as much as I could before arriving but it's hard to know without having been there on the bike.”

“I'm looking forward to the weekend and meeting the fans over there as it will be my first visit to the country!"

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