How the Bookies See it
MotoGP finally returned to Argentina in 2014 after a 15-year break, with races previously being held in Buenos Aires. The first ever Argentine Grand Prix took place in 1961 and it was the first time that a GP had been held outside Europe. Today, Termas de Rio Hondo is the location for the riders’ annual visit to the South American country, and they are met by an enthusiastic crowd and festival atmosphere.
The circuit was built in a 150-hectare area and was officially opened in 2008 during the visit of Argentina´s Touring Car Racing championship. In 2012 the track went through a transformation, being made bigger and modernised with the ultimate purpose of making it the most up-to-date, safest and exciting circuit in Latin America.
World champion, Marc Marquez, goes into the contest as a strong favourite, despite having to settle for second place in the opening race in Qatar. The Spaniard was beaten by Italian Dovizioso, who has been installed as the second-favourite to win in Argentina.
Andrea Dovizioso ended last season very well and has begun this season in the best possible form with an excellent win at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. He arrives in Argentina having only produced one good result at Termas de Rio Hondo, a second-place finish in 2015. Last year he failed to finish and in 2016 finished last of all. He goes into this race as the second-favourite, but form here is not in his favour.
Marc Marquez, the current world champion, has won this race twice since MotoGP returned to Argentina in 2014. He won that opening race and did so again in 2016, however, he failed to finish on the other two occasions. The Spaniard has been made a strong favourite to secure a third win in five attempts.
Maverick Vinales finished third in the title race last year, picking up his first win of the season in Argentina. He started this year with a sixth-placed finish in Qatar, so will hope to do better at this track following that win, which was only his third attempt here. He has been made a 17/2 chance to win successive Argentine races.
Valentino Rossi produced a decent third-placed finish in Qatar to show he still has the talent to compete at the highest level. He arrives in Argentina with an excellent record at the track, finishing in the top four on each occasion the race has been run. That includes winning in 2015 and finishing runner-up in 2016 and 2017. He has a great chance to win again and looks good value at around 13/2.
Sports.net's Top Tip
Cal Crutchlow has raced here on three occasions, finishing on the podium twice with two third-place finishes. He finished fourth in Qatar to get his season off to a good start and can carry that form into this race to grab a top-three finish again. He looks an excellent each-way chance at odds of 28/1.