Ready for round 2: <b>MotoGP arrives in Argentina</b>

Ready for round 2: MotoGP arrives in Argentina

After an eventful first round we get ready for the second race of the year. MotoGP gets ready to race among some of the most passionate fans after arriving in Argentina.
03-28-2019
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About Termas de Río Hondo

For six years in a row the Termas de Río Hondo track is the host of the Argentina GP, with an incredible atmosphere inside the fan-packed arena. With predominantly right turns, 9 over 5 to the left, the track mixes tight turns in with flowing sections all the way to the finish line. With MotoGP bikes peaking at nearly 335km/h, Termas de Río Hondo truly answers to the need for speed of the pinnacle of motorsport.

Termas de Río Hondo Track
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The 2018 Argentina race showed one of the strangest grid situations in MotoGP history, which saw all riders but one starting their race from way back on the grid.

Fighting his way into the top 10 from a challenging P18 on the grid, Danilo Petrucci is looking to make this year’s race a better reflection of his performance, and after a solid P6 in the opening round and with gained knowledge about his Factory Ducati, he’s looking to stir up a storm in South America at the Termas de Río Hondo track.

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DANILOPETRUCCI

DUCATI FACTORY TEAM

QATAR RESULT: P6
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P6

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"My sixth place in Qatar is still positive because we scored important points for the championship. Unfortunately, I was hindered by a less than optimal start, but the race pace wasn't very fast and I was able to recover positions quite quickly. Still, I struggled to pass other riders and push hard in braking.

In retrospect, choosing the soft tire for both the front and rear was a gamble, but we expected the temperatures to drop further and we also weren't as fast as usual on the straight. That said, the championship has just begun and I'm confident we'll bounce back soon."

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Petrucci in Qatar 2
Petrucci in Qatar 2
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The season for our Moto2 boys has started with mixed feelings. Longest serving REV’IT! rider in the intermediate class Steven Odendaal unfortunately is not fit for battle as his foot injury sees him sit this one out. A pity looking at his promising start last year, starting from 14th on the grid on the then brand new NTS bike.

His classmate Bo Bendsneyder scratched the points-surface in Qatar only to lose out on the last lap, meaning he’ll be looking to settle the score in Argentina.

Augusto Fernández will be one to watch as well, as he snatched fifth place in Qatar on his first outing at that track. With Argentina also being a new track to him it’s hard to predict, but he certainly seems to get up to speed quickly.

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STEVENODENDAAL

NTS RW RACING GP

QATAR RESULT: DNS
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: N/A 

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“After consulting with my infection specialist and the doctor who performed my surgery it became clear that a second operation is needed, which will rule me out for Argentina and the US. They will do a bone graft from my hip and move it to my toe. Although it doesn’t sound like good news, but the doctors say it actually is looking at my recovery. 

It means I will have one month to prepare for the first European race in Jerez, and this is what I am focused on a the moment. It’s a very hard time mentally, but I am trying to stay positive and look forward.”

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BOBENDSNEYDER

NTS RW RACING GP

QATAR RESULT: P16
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P16 

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“Losing the race in the first corner is a shame, but I’m glad I finished and that I could fight for the points. In the last six laps I had such a burden of arm pump that I could barely take the brakes.

I tried everything to get that last point, but it just didn’t work. We did show that the top 10 would have been possible, so we bring this attitude to Argentina and we are ready to fight for a top 10 position.”

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AUGUSTOFERNANDEZ

PONS HP40

QATAR RESULT: P5
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P5

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“I am happy with how the championship started. It was important for us to start the season at the front of the pack, and from Saturday we knew that we could fight for the top positions. Step by step I have been working on my pace, and during the race I managed to pass several riders to get up to fifth.

I think with a few more laps we could have made it to the podium, but I am still happy with the result in Qatar. I thank my team for all their work, and I am looking forward to the race in Argentina!”

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Bendsneyder in Qatar 2
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Fernandez in Qatar 2
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Promising pre-season progress came to a temporary halt for Jaume Masià due to an injury sustained during testing. Biting the pain at the opening round unfortunately didn’t get the reward he deserved, as he unfortunately got taken out by another rider in the early stages of the race. He looks to bounce back in Argentina to open up the scoreboard for 2019.

Fellow REV’IT! rider Lorenzo Dalla Porta fortunately has a more positive lookback at the Qatar round, as he literally fought for victory all the way to the finish line only to miss out on the gold medal by 0.053 seconds at the line. With a second place finish in the bag, he is looking to go one-up in Argentina.

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JAUMEMASIÀ

BESTER CAPITAL DUBAI

QATAR RESULT: DNF
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: N/A 

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“For sure not the beginning of the season that I dreamt, it was clear that I didn’t arrive at my best conditions due to the Jerez injury but I thought I was going to be a bit different. It was not... The whole weekend was difficult and though.

Luckily, we have some time before Argentina, time to recover, to think and to analyze. I have some bitter sweet memories from last year in which I made a great race till the lasts corners... Let’s try to fix the 0 from Qatar and re-start it all again!”

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LORENZODALLA PORTA

LEOPARD RACING

QATAR RESULT: P2
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P2

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“It’s been an amazing race, I tried to push in first position on the last lap and I thought I could win. I didn’t expect Kaito [Toba] to be so close to me. In the end I just tried to be first and not to get mixed up with the other riders because I knew it was a really big group.

I tried my best to win and unfortunately we didn’t win this race, but we still made a great result together with the team finishing second. The bike was fantastic and I enjoyed the race so much. We take 20 points for the championship and we arrive in Argentina with the motivation to do even better!”

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Meet our Riders

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SHARING THE REV’IT! PHILOSOPHY

As a company, we’re known to shake up the established order. Challenging the status quo is in our DNA, and our rider base reflects this mentality; each taking different paths to become a professional motorcycle racer. Allow us to give you a little insight in our class of 2019.

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Make sure to keep an eye out for our REV’IT! riders' first-hand review after the Argentina GP, right here on this page. To stay up-to-date during the weekend with the performance of all our REV’IT! riders, follow us on Instagram.

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