This weekend's debut event at Argentina's Termas de Rio Hondo circuit means MotoGP rookie Scott Redding will be at less of a disadvantage relative to the more experienced riders.

An excellent seventh and the top Production Honda rider in Qatar, Redding suffered his first DNF after being caught out by front tyre issues in Austin.

Redding is keen to make amends this weekend in Argentina, on a track that only four riders on the MotoGP grid have experienced, during a test last year.

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"Only four riders tested at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit last year, in less than ideal conditions, so it's pretty much new to everyone," said the Englishman. "It will make things a bit easier for me, as we'll all be starting at the same level this weekend.

"I like riding at new tracks; finding the way to be fast on a brand new circuit is always a challenge and I'm looking forward to getting a first look at the track in free practice. It will be interesting to see how well the bike works out of the crate."

Only three of the riders present for the test - Redding's team-mate Alvaro Bautista (Honda) plus Stefan Bradl (Honda) and Hector Barbera (Avintia) - will be on track this weekend, with Cal Crutchlow having withdrawn due to injury.

The two Honda riders were using the Factory class RC213V, rather than Redding's new Open class Production RCV1000R.