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MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo expecting Argentina challenge

Defending MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo expects a tougher weekend in Argentina after his dominant start in Qatar.

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Jorge Lorenzo is not getting carried by his dominant start to the MotoGP season ahead of this weekend's Argentina Grand Prix.

The reigning champion was in total control in Doha as he took pole on Saturday before claiming victory 24 hours later, while also picking up the fastest lap on his Movistar Yamaha.

Lorenzo has never won in Termas de Rio Hondo, though, with Argentina returning to the calendar in 2014 and the Spaniard finishing fifth 12 months ago after claiming the final podium place a year before.

"After the victory in Qatar and the good feelings on track, I now want to race at a circuit where in the past we struggled a bit," he told Autosport. 

"We started the championship in a perfect manner, but we still need to understand what the behaviour of the bike is like for different track layouts. 

"I want to check if the bike with these electronics and tyres works well everywhere. 

"To kick off the season like we did in Qatar is a good way to get confidence and work even harder to try to fight again for the victory here."

Meanwhile, team-mate Valentino Rossi – who finished fourth in Qatar – is desperate to improve on a track he tasted at in 2015.

"I am very happy to go to Argentina," he told Crash.net. "I have great memories here. Last year it was a great race. It will be difficult to repeat the same result but we will try.

"In Argentina we'll have to do better [than in Qatar] in the race and try to get on the podium."

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