Next stop South America for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Jack Miller and Tito Rabat head to South America for the Grand Prix of Argentina keen to capitalise on a positive start to the 2017 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar.
Both riders scored points in the opening round, with Miller claiming a top ten finish in eighth and Rabat, who is still recovering from the injuries sustained in his Sepang testing crash, taking the final point in 15th position.
The two Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders have mixed memories of the Termas de Rio Hondo track. In last year's race, which included a mandatory pit stop due to tyre endurance issues, Rabat secured his best result of the season with ninth place, while Miller crashed out in the early stages of the race while battling with Jorge Lorenzo for sixth.
Miller and Rabat head into the second round of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship in Argentina confident that the fast and flowing Termas de Rio Hondo track will better suit the characteristics of their 2017 Honda RC213V MotoGP machines.
“Qatar was a good start to the season and I was happy with the result. Now we head to Argentina looking to improve further, on a track that should be a good match for our bike. We've been getting better and better each time we get out on the bike and I'm confident we can continue that trend at the next two races in Argentina and Austin, two tracks I enjoy racing at a lot. Termas is a circuit that doesn't see much use, so some caution is required on Friday when the track can be a little dirty, but it doesn't usually take long to clean up. I'm looking forward to the weekend ahead, as they always put on a bit of a special show for the race in Argentina.”
“In Qatar I finished in the points and closer to the winner than I did all last season, despite the injuries and the track time lost to the weather, so I was satisfied with that. Now we head to Argentina and a very different track, once that I'm very much looking forward to racing on now that I have such a good feeling with the bike and the tyres, especially the front. We know that Friday will be pretty much a lost day if the track is as dirty as we've seen in previous years, but for me it will the perfect opportunity to start building my rhythm without taking too many risks. I'm confident that I can make another significant step forward this weekend in Argentina.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“We knew from testing that Qatar was not going to be an easy start to the season for us, so to finish with Jack in the top ten and points for both riders was a very positive way in which to kick off our 2017 championship campaign. The Termas de Rio Hondo circuit is one that both Jack and Tito like and one at which they've both finished on the podium previously in Moto3 and Moto2. Equally important is the fact that the track is fast and flowing in nature, which is much better suited to our bike than Qatar. I'm looking forward to seeing what our two riders can do this weekend, in a race that is an important one for our partners.”