Bradley Smith heads to the fourth round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship in Spain confident he can continue his hunt for a maiden podium after an encouraging - if ultimately unfulfilling - performance in Argentina.

Returning to the scene of his maiden grand prix pole position in 2008 and his first GP win in 2009 - both in the 125cc class -, Smith describes the Jerez circuit as a 'favourable' one for both himself and his Tech 3 Yamaha YZF-M1.

Indeed, Smith doesn't rule out the possibility of challenging for a podium after a positive start to the season at the three flyaways, including the best result of his career in the United States.

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"After what has been a great couple of weeks travelling from one continent to the next, it will be nice to get back to Europe, and to Jerez which is a circuit I, and the Yamaha favour," he said.

"I scored my first Pole position here in 2008, and then won the race in 2009 in the 125 class, which are nice memories. For this year there's a little work that needs to be undertaken on the bike, but I have full confidence that we will continue our steady improvements, and the team as well as Yamaha are doing a great job so far.

"However, the result from the last race was not where I would like to be, and I am determined to close the gap to the bikes in front of me, and who knows, possibly be in the hunt for a podium."