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Two races, two different winners and five different podium finishers. That’s the way the 2016 MotoGP Championship is playing out ahead of round three this weekend at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas – the only stateside round on this year’s calendar.
It was an odd weekend at Termas de Rio Hondo during the Argentina round of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship. Between the unpredictable weather, the new-spec Michelin tire troubles, and dirty track, it was a huge challenge for the teams and riders.
Since Circuit of the Americas joined the MotoGP Championship in 2013, only one rider has claimed victory there – Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez. The now-23-year-old Spaniard was also a rookie in that 2013 season, and his first-ever premier-class win occurred at COTA, which was eventually followed by his debut MotoGP title that same season.
Besides not having any experience with the spec Michelin tires or Magneti Marelli ECUs at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, the 21-rider grid was greeted with inclement weather conditions in Argentina. Due to the issues associated with the weather, only 13 riders finished the race.
Since the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit joined the MotoGP Championship in 2014, only one rider has earned the pole – Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez. And the Spaniard once again completed this feat Saturday for round two of the 2016 MotoGP Championship in Argentina.
The second round of the 2016 MotoGP Championship throttled into action Friday with the first of two free practices at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina. This is the third year MotoGP raced at the South American circuit, and many challenges lay ahead due to some significant changes.
News coming from the Argentinian MotoGP Grand Prix this weekend is that Dorna Sports SL (owners of the MotoGP series) have announced that the current rules for aerodynamic winglets on premier class machines (that aid in stability and cornering grip) will be “from immediate effect, extended to helmets and race suits.”
The feud between MotoGP stars Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo has grown to new heights and to calm the troubled waters between the two. To reconcile their differences, the two decided that it would be best if they exchanged kidneys as a sign of peace, not just among racers but among nations as well.
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