Open class star Aleix Espargaro saw his debut MotoGP pole and podium chances effectively end when he fell twice in qualifying at the Qatar season opener.

However the Spaniard, unbeaten during the first two nights at Losail, restored confidence with a career best ninth-to-fourth ride in the race and is ready to 'go for it again' in Texas this weekend.

"I really look forward to the second round of the season. In Qatar we had the pace to fight for the podium, but I paid the price for the two mistakes on Saturday. So we will just have to try and go for it again in Austin," said the Forward Yamaha rider, who like the other Open class riders has perks such as extra fuel and a softer rear tyre available.

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"We know that the Texas GP will be a tough race for us as there is a very long back straight [1.2-kilometre] and we suffer in that area, but I'm confident that we can continue improving and get some good results."

The Austin round will be a special event for Espargaro's local team-mate Colin Edwards, who claimed a ninth place finish in Qatar.

"I look forward to my home GP. Lots of friends and family are coming to see the race and it will be great to ride in front of the American fans," said Edwards. "It won't be an easy race as the track is very demanding. The circuit is one of the most varied and technical on the GP circuit, with a mix of fast straights and slow corners to do in first gear with tough braking."

Prior to arriving at the Circuit of the Americas, the NGM Forward Racing Team - including Espargaro and Moto2 riders Simone Corsi and Mattia Pasini - are currently at Edwards' Texas Tornado Boot Camp.

Unlike at Qatar, the non-Factory team riders will not have the advantage of a recent test.