The Repsol Honda Team duo is preparing this weekend for the second round of the season at the Las Americas Circuit in the United States.
The always exotic night start of the World Cup in Qatar gives way this week to a new appointment that joins this year’s World Cup: the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas. Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez return to the stage where they already performed a positive test just a month ago, the Las Americas Circuit, near Austin, the capital of the state of Texas.
Dani Pedrosa, who arrives to the appointment after signing the fourth position in the inaugural GP, values the beginning of the course and the imminent challenge in Texas:
“In Qatar it was not as we expected, but we know where the problem is, so we have everything clear for the next race. We were in Austin a little over a month ago and that will surely be useful for us, since we have a good base in the set-up “.
“In this circuit there are quite a few sharp curves and many changes of rhythm from one section to another. However, the track will change a bit with so many bikes rolling and with the rubber they will leave on the asphalt. So we hope that the bike continues to work well “continues Castellar, one of the most successful pilots of the MotoGP grid in the US, where he has two victories in Indianapolis and one in Laguna Seca.
For his part, Marc Márquez appeals to realism to not raise too many expectations in his return to the track of Austin. There he gave the surprise a month ago by leading all the sessions of the private test carried out by the Repsol Honda, Yamaha Factory and LCR Honda MotoGP teams.
“To get on the podium on the day of my first race in this category was a dream come true, but now it’s time to put our feet on the ground and concentrate on our work,” says the Cervera driver. “I really want to get to Austin. It will be interesting because we have already been there in pre-season training and we were able to make a good base in the set-up “.
“Still, we have to be realistic, since the scenario is different, with more rubber on the track and the conditions will change a bit. We have to concentrate on our work plan to continue on the same path and do our best on Sunday, “adds Márquez, who is in third place in the Championship after his podium at Losail.
The action will start on Friday, with the first free practice, will continue on Saturday with the fight for the pole, and will conclude on Sunday with the second race of the year.