Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi followed up his Qatar victory with another rostrum in the Austin MotoGP but said Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso was the fly in the ointment of a 'perfect weekend' in Texas.

Ducati rider Dovizioso clinched the runner-up spot behind Marc Marquez after taking over second place from Rossi in the final part of the race.

Rossi still leads the championship standings by a single point from the Ducati rider but the nine-time world champion isn't reading too much into the current positions with only two rounds of the series completed.

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"Leading the championship after two races is something not very important because the championship is very long, but anyway it is good because after Austin we are still at the top and this track is one of the most difficult of the season for the Yamaha," Rossi said.

"I always struggle in the past and also to finish the race with the front tyre, but this year it was better and I'm happy because in the practice I was not so bad; I was more or less always in the top four and I was not so bad on the wet.

"The race was good but it was a strange race because you cannot push at the maximum - maybe never. You can not relax because the front tyre, after five or six laps you try to understand what is happening, but you feel the damage on the edge," he added.

"For the perfect weekend I have to arrive in front of Andrea but he was stronger than me and it is okay because a podium is a good result."

Rossi is confident of his prospects for the next race at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina next weekend, where he expects the Yamaha to be more competitive.

"I like the track, but I hope the condition of the surface will be better than last year because it was very dirty, but the layout is good and also it is not so bad for our bike," he said. "I think in Argentina we can be more competitive."