Having claimed Ducati's first MotoGP podium since 2012 last time in Austin, Andrea Dovizioso faces the new challenge of Argentina's Termas de Rio Hondo circuit with renewed optimism.

"The result in Texas was fantastic both for me and for all the team," said Dovizioso. "It was a really hard race, very tiring, and this third place gave me a special satisfaction.

"When you are able to obtain these results, which almost seem impossible, it is truly a great feeling. We are working really hard and we are always trying to get the best out of our bike.

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"Now we are going to Termas in Argentina, which is a new circuit for almost all the riders. I have no idea what to expect, but I always like to race on new circuits and so I am curious and very motivated."

Dovizioso will ride alongside test rider Michele Pirro this weekend, team-mate Cal Crutchlow having been ruled out by hand injuries in Texas.