Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales are ready to fight again at the upcoming second Grand Prix of the 2019 MotoGP season, held in Argentina this weekend.
Rossi was just 0.6s off the victory at the opening round, despite starting from P14 on the grid. The battling with his rivals in Qatar intensified his love for racing even more, and he is ready to challenge amongst the front-runners again this weekend.
The nine-time World Champion is hugely popular in Latin America. He can expect the support from thousands of fans who will be cheering him on from the Termas de Río Hondo stands. The Doctor aims to do them proud and greet them from the podium – like he did in 2015, when he secured the victory, and in 2016 and 2017, having taken second place – to make up for last year’s race result, obtained in tricky half-wet, half-dry conditions.
Though he didn’t end the first race of the season as high as he would have liked, Viñales took the positives from the first weekend in Losail and is motivated to show his speed again at the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina, which he has fond memories of.
Two years ago, he secured his second successive dominant win of the year on his Yamaha YZR-M1 in Argentina. The Spaniard struggled here last year in a slightly chaotic and challenging race, but he still took home solid points, securing fifth position. This year he wants to feel competitive again, so he can duplicate the 2017 result and once more enjoy the great sensation of winning in front of the Argentinian fans.
The 4.8km long Termas de Río Hondo Circuit was added to the MotoGP calendar in 2014. The track was remodelled two years earlier, to make it Latin America’s most modern and safest circuit. With an exciting lay-out that includes a mixture of fast corners (five left, nine right) and a 1076m longest straight, the Argentinian fans can be assured that they will see plenty of racing and overtaking action again.