Since the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, all evidence of the World Superbike have been held in Europe. The exception will be broken this weekend with the Round Argentina which will be played in the San Juan Villicum International Circuit within the penultimate date of the calendar.
The tournament reaches red hot with the Turk Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx) leader of the contest with 24 points of advantages over English Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), six times champion of the specialty.
Villicum is a relatively new track in WorldSBK, but very fruitful for champion Rea. Between 2018 and 2019 won four of the five races that have been contested in the picturesque circuit.
“I am excited to race in Argentina. Villicum is a track that I have enjoyed in the past. It is relatively new to the WorldSBK calendar, but I have won several times. I like the layout of the track, it is quite peculiar ”, admitted the rider of the No. 1 Kawasaki that, obviously, he arrives as the man to beat.
"It seemed impossible to be able to race outside of Europe this year, but the Government of San Juan and Dorna have made a great effort because it is really difficult to plan a long distance round with all the restrictions", added the British.
Rea arrives in San Juan motivated by the victory he achieved in the second race in Portimao (Portugal), something that has given him extra morale to face the races in Argentina. “After feeling very good and strong on the bike in Portugal, it is good to go to Argentina now; I hope to continue with that confidence. Of course, it is time to think about the championship. We have to keep this in mind, work hard and try to reduce the point difference. The objective is to leave Argentina with a smaller deficit in the championship, to take the fight to the final round in Indonesia ”.
ALEX LOWES IS ALSO LOOKING FOR THE PODIUM
After a second season on the KRT, Alex Lowes he has been forced to miss a few races recently due to injury, despite showing a really competitive pace in qualifying. He arrives in Argentina recovered after an intense run of three consecutive racing weekends. If he is declared fit to run, he is more than willing to compete in all three Villicum races.
“It is going to be great to have a race abroad for the first time since the pandemic started; Many thanks to WorldSBK and everyone involved, as I am sure there has been a lot of organizing work to achieve this! "Lowes stated.
“I really like the Villicum track. I've been working hard to improve the condition of my hand and wrist and after missing most of the previous two events, I'm excited to get back on the starting grid. The goal, as always, is to fight for the podium, and I hope my physical condition allows me to do so, as recent events have confirmed that we have the necessary pace ”, culminated.
The action in San Juan will begin on Friday, at 10.30, with the first free practice.