Alvaro Bautista will be aiming to exploit the small advantage offered by attending last year's test session at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, venue for MotoGP's official return to Argentina.

Go&Fun Gresini Honda's Bautista was one of only four MotoGP riders present for the two-day test, used to gather data, evaluate the facilities and promote the sport ahead of this year's race.

"During the tests carried out last year on the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit I could immediately appreciate some very technical parts of the track: I like it a lot, because it's characterised by many fast corners that suits my riding style," said the Spaniard.

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"However, it should be said that last year we were able to take advantage of only one day of testing, because we had rain on the second day: therefore we haven't been able to work on the bike set-up.

"I also remember a very dirty track, as it had just been finished, anyway I believe that it will be okay for the race."

But after falling during the first two races of the season, Bautista admits that his main aim this weekend is simply to reach the chequered flag.

"In this grand prix our priority is to finish the race without taking risks: after the first two races we are still at zero points, so this time we absolutely need to collect some points," he said.

With rookie team-mate Scott Redding also falling in Austin, no Gresini rider reached the flag during round two. Team principal Fausto Gresini is also concerned by Bautista's poor pace in Austin, which saw him qualify just twelfth on the grid compared with second at Losail.

"Apart from the crashes, the thing that worries me the most is the low level of competitiveness shown by Bautista in Texas," said Gresini.

"In Qatar we were protagonists, in Austin instead we struggled from the beginning. Therefore, our first priority is to come back to a good level of performance, then obviously it will be important to realise, collecting Bautista's first points.

"Alvaro already travelled out to Argentina last year to spend two days testing on the circuit: it's a small advantage which we will try to exploit."