Argentina MotoGP preview

Marc Marquez announced himself to the 2015 MotoGP paddock in emphatic style last weekend at the Circuit of the Americas as he stormed to victory aboard his Repsol Honda reaffirming that the 22-year-old will be the man to beat again this season.

Marquez was calm and calculated in his approach to last Sunday’s race after a disappointing opening weekend in Qatar. Even when his bike cut out and threatened to derail his bid for pole position, he hopped the Austin pit wall and jumped onto his second bike with the wrong front tyre and still managed to break the lap record and claim first spot on the grid – proving there is no end to this young man’s talent.

There was another disappointing weekend for Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo but his excuses are becoming a little tiresome. In Qatar he blamed an issue with his helmet for dropping back from the leading pack in the latter stages of the race.

Last weekend an apparent illness led the Spaniard to another finish outside of the podium and he will be wanting to grab his first top three finish in Argentina this weekend.

Lorenzo’s team-mate Valentino Rossi had another impressive performance in Texas after winning first time out but it was Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso that stole the limelight after he followed up a brilliant outing in Qatar with another second placed finish – both men will be hoping for more of the same to continue their impressive starts to the season.

The team from Bologna appear to have found the tweaks necessary on this year’s GP-15 machine to make the bike competitive and with Dovizioso aboard they look capable of becoming a force once again.

A bold statement would be to claim that the Italian can win a race this season and with Marquez looking in unbelievable form once again heading to South America it would be an outside bet to see the Ducati on the top step come Sunday but do not count the Italian out.

The Desmosedici will only continue to grow as the season progresses and maybe with a little luck on their side they can produce a result this weekend that they and Ducati fans around the world could have only dreamed of before the season opener at the Losail circuit.

There was another disappointing showing for Cal Crutchlow and LCR Honda last time out but the Brit will want to turn things around quickly as MotoGP prepares for its second race in successive Sunday’s.

Fellow Brit Bradley Smith produced arguably the ride of last weekend aboard his satellite Yamaha to come sixth behind the factory front men. Smith continues to grow in confidence and with it has started to produce some brilliant results for the Tech 3 team.

Suzuki showed that they are not to be laughed at in Texas as they continued their comeback to the sport this year with an impressive eighth and ninth for Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales and will hope to progress even further this weekend.

Reigning world champion Marquez looks to be the man to beat again in Argentina after an important showing for the Repsol Honda man in Texas. The Spaniard will be keen to keep his momentum going into this weekend’s race in South America and will be determined to topple Championship leader Valentino Rossi come Sunday evening.

Joe Urquhart