After two new circuits, MotoGP rookie Eugene Laverty will be back on more familiar territory for this weekend's opening European event at Jerez.

The Irishman is eager to translate practice and qualifying form into race results - especially after Argentina, where he started as the top Open Honda in 14th only to suffer a lack of rear grip and suspension issues on his way to 17th in the race.

"We did a great job all weekend in Argentina, probably the best we have done since I started in MotoGP, but we didn't manage to back it up with a performance in the race," Laverty confirmed.

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"I know we can be strong at Jerez in practice and we have to work very hard to make sure that Sunday doesn't go the same way as Argentina. In any case we have come a long way since the start of the year and I am sure all the hard work will start to pay off soon.

"I like Jerez and I had two wins there in Superbikes so it is a place that holds happy memories for me."

While Laverty will be chasing his first MotoGP points, Aspar team-mate and former world champion Nicky Hayden is seeking to add to the three points he scored in Texas.

"The Spanish GP is the first European race of the season and it is always nice to race at Jerez, a circuit I love," said the American. "It is a fantastic track and it has an atmosphere like nowhere else, plus I had some good results there in the past so I have good memories.

"It has quite a lot of fast corners, which should suit our bike, but we need to work to improve grip and make ourselves even more competitive.

"Everybody has three races behind them now so the competition is getting tougher. The more data everybody has, the more the pace will increase.

"We have ridden this bike now at three completely different tracks and we have learnt a lot about it. We are improving our form as we go and I hope that continues this weekend."

Rookie Jack Miller currently leads the Open Honda challenge with six points.