Following on from an inconclusive Austin MotoGP weekend, an excited Valentino Rossi has a 'big question mark' over the new venue in Argentina.

One of his worst events of last year, Rossi was seeking a strong COTA performance to confirm his improved form after an inspiring victory battle with champion Marc Marquez in Qatar.

Instead the Italian was one of a number of riders to suffer front tyre problems and faded from the podium fight to eighth. But if Rossi had doubts about his potential in Texas, this weekend's third round is a far greater unknown.

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Argentina last hosted a Motorcycle Grand Prix in 1999, when a youthful Rossi concluded a title winning season with third in the 250cc race, having won the 1998 event.

But such prior experience will be of no use to the Movistar Yamaha rider, with a venue change from Buenos Aires to the new Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, over 1000km north-west of the capital.

"It is important to go immediately to Argentina after the weekend in Austin and try to get a good result," said Rossi, who has slipped one place to third in the early world championship standings.

"Argentina is a big question mark for everybody because we don't know the track.

"It is really hard to understand now if this track will be suitable for the Yamaha as there are many variables. We'll know after the first few laps on the track. I am happy with the work we are doing so far and in Argentina we will be even more focused to get good results.

"We'll have to understand as soon as possible the ideal set-up of the bike, and above all we'll have to understand how the tyres behave on this asphalt. We will analyse all the data and we will do our best. Going to a new circuit is always exciting!"

The only MotoGP riders with some previous knowledge of the venue are Stefan Bradl, Alvaro Bautista, Cal Crutchlow and Hector Barbera, who took part in a two-day fact-finding test in July 2013.

Crutchlow was then riding for Tech 3 Yamaha and it will be his data that will be used as a starting point for the 2014 M1 riders.

"We can't wait to start on Friday to see how the new track is. Our base set up will be built on the data we got last year from Tech 3 when they went to test there so at least we won't be completely blind going in," confirmed team director Massimo Meregalli.

"After the first 45 minutes we will know a lot more, but also our riders and most of the premier class' will need to learn the track. We fully expect Vale to continue showing his confidence and remaining competitive with the front riders."