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Arbolino brings home strong top six in Argentina

Tony Arbolino continued his consistent start to the season by scoring a competitive sixth place finish at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit, as Sam Lowes made it two bikes in the top ten for the team by finishing tenth.

Issues transporting freight to the Termas de Rio Hondo in northern Argentina led to a revised weekend schedule, giving the Moto2 field just 135 minutes of track time before Sunday’s race.

Elf Marc VDS Racing riders Tony Arbolino and Sam Lowes endured the hottest conditions of the weekend in Sunday’s 23-lap race, with track temperatures of 42 degrees making rear tyre management key.

Arbolino benefited from his second front row start of the year, and was placed within a five-rider fight for the victory in the early laps.
The Italian posted his personal best lap the 13th time around and was quicker than the men ahead. But Tony gradually lost ground and finished sixth, 7.5s behind the race winner.

After his third consecutive top eight finish, Tony sits sixth in the World Championship with 29 points.

“We keep growing our feeling and improving my riding style”


“Finally, it was an amazing weekend. It’s the third race of the year and we keep growing our feeling and improving my riding style. The full circle is getting closer, this is 100 percent true. I’m happy. The guys are working a lot and this is appreciated. I needed to give them a good result and we did. Hopefully, in Austin we can improve what we need. We need to just close the circle because we will be able to fight for the podium and the victory in every race. I’m happy. Let’s keep going. I’m pushing the limits of the bike and I feel we are getting closer to getting my first podium in the category.”