Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Bradley Smith has hailed the Austin MotoGP as a 'special' race as the British rider sets out with the aim of finishing as top satellite rider at the Circuit of the Americas.

Smith, who finished a strong fifth in Texas on the M1 last year, had to give way to fellow Brit Cal Crutchlow in Qatar in the battle of the satellite riders, but he is optimistic that he can turn the tables on Sunday.

"Now it's time to head across the Atlantic to Texas which is a special race and certainly an event that everyone looks forward to, so I can't wait to jump on the Yamaha and get going," said Smith.

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"I like the track with its good mixture of tight and meandering corners plus the big climb on the pit straight is awesome to experience. I scored a good result here last year in which I finished in fifth as well as being the leading Yamaha, plus after the good start to the season, which we had in Qatar, I'm feeling confident.

"To complete the Qatar race only half a second back from Cal was encouraging, albeit a little annoying as I was so close to being the fastest satellite MotoGP rider," he added.

"Nevertheless, I'm optimistic that we will be fighting in that position again on Sunday and I am ready to hit Texas at full speed."

Smith finished in eighth place at Losail behind LCR Honda's Crutchlow and one place ahead of team-mate Pol Espargaro in a promising to the 2015 championship.