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After a faultless start to his title defense, Jorge Lorenzo is hungry for a challenge in Argentina.
Jorge Lorenzo left the Qatar GP with a pole position, 25 points and a new race lap record, a flawless weekend. Lorenzo the first rider since Casey Stoner in 2009 to win the last race of the previous season and the first race of the current season. It looks set to be a more challenging weekend for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP man at the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina, a race he has never won. Tyres and illness played a role for the Majorcan in both 2014 and 2015, his best finish a third in 2014. While many may worry about returning to a circuit they have struggled at, Lorenzo is excited by the prospect of overcoming a new challenge and adapting his bike to the new track.
Unlike in Qatar, Lorenzo will not have three days of testing before the race in Argentina to gather extra data. With the Michelin tyres and the Magneti Marelli electronics still settling in, this will be a true test of how quickly riders and their teams are able to adjust their bikes for each new track. Ducati and Andrea Dovizioso were strong in Argentina in 2015 and after their solid start to the 2016 season; Lorenzo looks certain to battle them once more. Not since 2007 has Lorenzo won the first two races of a season, never has he won the first two MotoGP™ races of the year.
Jorge Lorenzo: “I look forward to racing in Argentina! After the victory in Qatar and the good feelings on track, I now want to race at a circuit where in the past we struggled a bit. On the other hand, we need to keep our feet on the ground. We started the championship in a perfect manner but we still need to understand what the behaviour of the bike is like for different track layouts. I want to check if the bike with these electronics and tyres works well everywhere. Anyway to kick off the season like we did in Qatar is a good way to get confidence and work even harder to try to fight again for the victory here. The track is really nice and Argentina as well so I feel happy to go there.”
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