Márquez ready for podium challenge in Argentina

Márquez likes the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit where, just 12 months ago, he was involved in a hectic battle for the race win with teammate Franco Morbidelli before crashing out on the final lap. It's an error that Márquez is determined not to repeat this weekend as he chases his first win of the season, after a rear brake problem forced him to settle for third place in the opening racing in Qatar. But the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider knows he will have to fight hard for a win in Argentina, where typically low grip levels could favour the factory KTM machines of Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder.

Alex Márquez:
"I enjoy Argentina a lot. Last year I was fast here and was able to fight for the victory, so it's a good track for me, even if I did crash on the last lap. It was at this race last year that I made the step that allowed me to challenge for race wins during the remainder of the season, so I'm happy to be back. Termas is always a little bit slippery and grip is hard to find, so we need to focus on this during practice. I think the KTM bikes will be strong here because of the grip levels, so we need to stay focussed as we work to reduce their advantage."

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