Bradley Smith retains the same ambition for this weekend's MotoGP round in Argentina as the British rider bids to follow up his performance as top satellite rider in Austin.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider finished a strong sixth at the Circuit of the Americas ahead of fellow Brit Cal Crutchlow and Smith is hoping for more of the same on Sunday at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit.

"I'm looking forward to the race in Argentina after the good result we had in Texas and I'm happy the wait is not so long," said the 23-year-old.

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"The track won't have changed a lot from last year in terms of grip and the racing line will be quite narrow. For sure, it will be vital to get a strong qualifying position there and I intend to be far quicker than last year as I was not happy with the result or having to go through Q1.

"We are improving the setting every time we run the Yamaha but the main thing we need to focus on is looking after the front tyre," he added.

"So we will keep studying the Yamaha data to see where I can improve. My ambition remains the same, which is to be close to the factory riders and after all of the positives we have had so far, I am going to Argentina confident and optimistic about getting another strong result."

Smith is currently sixth in the championship standings after the first two rounds.