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Riders relish Argentina challenge

Riders relish Argentina challenge

#ArgentinaGP begins with the traditional MotoGP™ press conference featuring Rossi, Dovizioso, Marquez, Crutchlow, A Espargaro and Hernandez.

To mark the start of the Gran Premio Red Bull de la República Argentina Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Marc Marquez, Cal Crutchlow, Aleix Espargaro and Yonny Hernandez gathered in front of the world’s media to answer questions about this weekends Grand Prix.

The man who currently leads the MotoGP™ World Championship standings, Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, kicked things off by talking about his start to the season: “It is not very important to lead after just two races, but it is for sure the best way to start, especially because I have already won a race and thats the best feeling. To have 41 points after Austin, which is a difficult track for us, is good. And now it’s the third Grand Prix, and on paper this track is better for the M1.”

Rossi stressed the importance of looking after your front tyre at the Termas De Rio Hondo, and addressed a recurring issue throughout the press conference, the incredible passion of the Argentine fans: “The passion of the fans is unbelievable, sometimes it is a little bit difficult, but it is great to see the popularity of MotoGP in Argentina.”

Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso is the first Ducati rider to score back-to-back podiums since Casey Stoner in 2010, after he finished second in both Qatar and Austin: “What a start for us, it has been almost perfect with two second’s places meaning we are 2nd in the Championship.”

The Italian went on to discuss how this good start to the season has created a good atmosphere in the Ducati garage: “The feeling in team is different, now we have a lot of energy to fight and to work in a right way to develop the relation in the right way, we know each other better. When the pace of the bike is good, everything changes, as you can work in a different way over the weekends.”

Dovizioso was then asked about his bike appearing to run out of fuel almost immediately after the checkered flag in Austin, to which he gave the slightly cryptic response of: “We didn't run out of fuel, we had a problem with the tank and we cant talk about it…!”

Repsol Honda’s reigning MotoGP™ Champion Marc Marquez admitted that while the Championship looked good for the spectator at the moment, he was concerned after his performance in Qatar: “My worry was that after Qatar I needed to come back strong and get back in to the Championship race, and now we are only five points behind.”

Marquez last year led home a Honda 1-2 in Argentina, with his currently injured teammate Pedrosa taking 2nd, although he thinks they are in for a tougher challenge in 2015: “Last year I felt good here but this year, as we saw in Austin, everyone else has improved so we have to work hard to be at the same level.”
 
Cal Crutchlow on the CWM LCR Honda had to miss last year's race in Argentina through injury: “It is great to finally be here for the GP in Argentina, we get such a good welcome when we come there are so many fans! Even though last year I watched it from home, it was one of the great Grands Prix of the year.”

Despite not racing at the track before, the British rider has taken part in a test at the Termas De Rio Hondo: “I hope to make the most of Free Practice as I didn't race here last year, and we are at a disadvantage. When I tested here there was no grip, so while its good I know which way the track goes, we still have a lot of work to do but I am looking forward to racing.”

The man who set the third fastest lap during the race in Austin, which is incredible when you consider the lack of power his GSX-RR bike suffers from and the fact that CoTA has the longest straight on the MotoGP™calendar, was Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Aleix Espargaro. The Spanish rider is hoping to improve further in Argentina: “We would have preferred a better placed finish in Qatar, but we took points, which is good when we suffer a lot on the straight. We are happy with the job we are doing but we need to work hard and we hope to closer and closer to the guys at the front.”

Argentina qualifies as the home Grand Prix for Pramac Racing’s Yonny Hernandez, who hails from South America and was the first Columbian to ever compete in the World Championships. He is looking to bounce back after crashing out in Austin: “I am so happy to be here, it is like a home race and I want to get in the top ten and make a good result for my fans and my people.”

Hernandez will wear an Argentine flag on his helmet during the weekend: “This is a special edition helmet for the race, as I feel at home here and it is especially for all Argentineans and Latin Americans.”

Click here for the full video from the press conference.

The Gran Premio Red Bull de la República Argentina officially gets under way on Friday at 9:00 local time with Moto3™ Free Practice 1.

 

 

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA, Marc Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso, Valentino Rossi

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