The italian team will arrive there after its fantastic début in Qatar, where Andrea Dovizioso landed his Desmosedici GP on the highes t step of the podium right from the first race. The rider from Forlì was the author of a strategic win, spectacularly beating back an assault on the last corner. Started off on the right foot, next Dovizioso will take to the track in Argentina ready to reconfirm his leadership position in the championship.
Danilo Petrucci also enjoyed a positive début, riding the official bike in the race for the first time. Beyond the risk associated with choosing the right tyres, Danilo seems to have suffered for not being able to get into the top positions right from the start so that he could stress the tyres less during the race. The fact remains that having been closely trailed by the current world champion during qualification runs demonstrates Danilo's pot ential.
The race to be held on Sunday will be the fifth edition of the Argentine GP at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. Dovizioso earned s econd place in the first edition of 2015, while in 2016 and in 2017 he was forced to withdraw both times due to collisions caused by other riders. In the last edition Andrea finis hed sixth after struggling with tyre management. For Petrucci, on the other hand, tenth place is the result of a configuration that hadn't been fully optimised. Not to forget that in Argentina last year Jack Miller won the pole position in the qualification rounds on a drying track, and then finished fourth in the race on Alma Pramac Racing's Desmosedici GP.
The Termas de Rio Hondo track is a fast ci rcuit, given that the average lap speed is about 170 km/h, while on the straights behind the pits riders reach a top speed of 335 km/h. The high average lap speed is due both to the long straight and some long curves where the riding speed remains quite fast. It will therefore be important to find the right balance in the configuration to be effective in all areas of the track.