Bradley Smith heads for the first Argentine MotoGP round in 15 years fresh from a career best fifth place, as the top Yamaha rider, in Texas.

Smith's former Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Cal Crutchlow was one of the few MotoGP riders to try the new Termas de Rio Hondo circuit during an exploratory 2013 test.

The data gathered by Crutchlow is all Tech 3 have to go on ahead of this weekend's event.

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"For sure it will be very exciting for all of us to return to Argentina after so many years. The fans there have so much passion and I am truly looking forward to the race on this brand new circuit of Termas de Rio Hondo," said Smith.

"All the facilities are partly still under construction, so it's a big step into the unknown.

"After my best ever result, and finishing as the leading Yamaha in Texas, I am determined to carry on this positive display. The Yamaha feels great and I am pleased with my performance over race distance, so for sure with a big team effort we will be able to get a competitive result in Argentina this weekend."

The Englishman added: "It will be new for everyone so we will be starting with a level playing field. We don't know if it's a Yamaha or Honda track. I sure hope it's a Yamaha one and that we can get closer to Marc and Dani."

Team manager Herve Poncharal is seeking a repeat of Austin.

"Firstly, I want to say that it is fantastic that the MotoGP World Championship is back to Argentina for the first time since 1999. The new track looks interesting, and I'm convinced it will offer some brilliant racing for the fans and audiences, as the initial races have done this year so far," said the Frenchman.

"In terms of expectations, I am really pleased with Bradley's and Pol's performances at Texas. They both worked hard, and finished as the leading Yamahas scoring their best ever results, so it would be an understatement to say we won't aim for a similar result this weekend."