One of the new developments introduced this year in Superbike is the Argentine round, giving the teams a fourth opportunity this season to battle it out on a track outside of Europe. It will be a brand new experience in every possible way, as the South American circuit will be inaugurated by the Superbike race.
Davies arrives in Argentina after the two French races and the fantastic podium of Race 2. Despite the double shoulder injury suffered during the summer break, the Welshman is returning to form so in Argentina he will certainly be gunning for the top spot on the podium.
For his part, Marco Melandri earned a sixth and fifth place on French soil. Marco struggled in France to find a satisfactory setup and so it is hoped that the completely new track in Villicum will help him find that optimal feeling.
At the moment there are no extra practice runs planned besides the usual ones, so for Davies and Melandri it will be a matter of getting to know the track and gradually trying to find the configuration that allows the Panigale R to perform at its best. On paper the circuit appears to be quite similar to the Chang International track in Thailand, with a curvy first part after the start that then flows into a series of straights interspersed with right-angled corners.
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