Following a positive first GP of the season for the Repsol Honda team, with Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa posting podium and top-five results, respectively, the squad now heads to Argentina for round two. This will be the first of two back-to-back flyway races, and the team is ready to tackle the challenges that will be presented at the championship’s sole South American stop.
There was no winter test at Rio Hondo and it will therefore be crucial to make the most of the track time available and quickly understand the right direction to follow with bike setup. Tyre choice will also be a key point at the circuit, which is demanding for tyres; Michelin has never raced at the venue, although they did conduct a testing session with Michele Pirro in 2015. That said, Marc and Dani, together with their crews, significantly expanded their knowledge of the RC213V’s setup in Qatar. Both riders like the Argentine track, where they delivered a Honda 1-2 result during their first visit in 2014, although last year wasn’t as rewarding, with Marc crashing out of the race while fighting for the win and Dani not even racing due to the surgery he had just undergone to solve his arm pump problem.
FP1 will commence Friday morning at 9:55 a.m. local time.
The Termas de Río Hondo Circuit is located 6km from the city which gives the venue its name, in the Province of Santiago del Estero. It was built in a 150 hectare area and officially inaugurated on May 11, 2008, during the visit of Argentina´s Touring Car Racing championship. In… read more.
|Length||4.806 kilometres / 2.986 miles|
|Longest straight||1.076 kilometres / 0.669 miles|
|Resurfacing||Partly resurfaced before 2018 GP|
Autódromo Provincial Termas de Río Hondo, Termas de Río Hondo, Santiago del Estero Province, Argentina - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 37.683s (177.1km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)|
|Race Lap||1m 39.019s (174.7 km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2015)|
|Race Time||34m13.628s (168.4 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2016) *shortened race|
|2018 Race Winner||Cal Crutchlow (Honda)|