Marquez positive ahead of Argentina

Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez says he is hoping that the right set-up has been found for his bike ahead of this weekend’s MotoGP Argentina Grand Prix at the Termas de Rio Hondo.

Two-time MotoGP world champion Marquez managed to finish third in the season-opener in Qatar in a race that saw the new Michelin tyres being used for the first time in 2016.

What makes this weekend’s racing interesting is that no testing has taken place in Argentina, which means riders will not know what to expect there on the new Michelin tyres.

Marquez feels that the team’s strong showing in Qatar will be beneficial at the Termas de Rio Hondo.

“Of course, we haven’t had a winter test here to count on and we’ll have to see if the set-up we found in Qatar will also work here,” Marquez said.

“That would be a good step forward for us, generally speaking, and we could even aim for a little bit better result on Sunday.

“Of course, it will be a question mark until Friday but all in all, Argentina is a circuit that I like. We’ve always been fast here, so I feel positive for the weekend.”

Ducati Team rider Andrea Dovizioso, who finished second behind Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo in Qatar, is also feeling confident ahead of this weekend’s racing.

“The Termas track is completely different to Losail, but judging by our current performance I think that now we have a good base for the next few races,” Dovizioso said.

“This year it’s always a bit of an unknown factor to go to a track where we have never tested with the Michelins, but after Qatar, I am aware that the [bike] has already reached an excellent competitive level.”