Maverick Vinales wants to banish the memories of a missed podium opportunity at Argentina with a big result in this weekend's third round of the MotoGP World Championship at Austin.

The Ecstar Suzuki rider has moved into third place at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit and was set to challenge Valentino Rossi for second when he slid off his GSX-RR in the closing laps.

It was a bitter blow for the exciting young Spaniard, who ran wide and lost adhesion on a damp part of the circuit.

Vinales, though, is straight back in action this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas and hopes to end the opening fly-away rounds on a high.

"I can't wait to go to Texas and get rid of the bitter taste that the race in Argentina left me," he said.

"I'm so sorry for all the work we have done that has been wasted by a single small wet spot, however the race and the weekend overall gave us the confirmation that we are going in the right direction and we can fight and challenge for the top.

"The circuit in Austin is very challenging, so technical and yet so fast in some parts. Let's hope for a good weather, which would allow me to enjoy the weekend even more," he added.

"I like the track and I'm definitely in the mood of riding again as soon as possible, as I'm eager to get to some deserved results."

Aleix Espargaro was also among the succession of fallers in Argentina after going down on the opening laps moments after British rider Cal Crutchlow came off at exactly the same spot at turn one.

Espargaro was able to remount and eventually finished the race in 11th position.

"In Argentina we still had some problems, but the step forward we made after Qatar is evident, so I hope we will also be able to do the same step from Argentina to Austin," said Espargaro.

"We finally found an effective direction towards which we are now working very hard. The Argentina race was ruined by the crash and I'm sorry for that, but we took many positive things forward from there and we can look ahead.

"The Circuit of The Americas is a nice track, not easy at all; and this is a challenge that motivates me even more," he added.

"However, we must be able to find good confidence immediately that will allow me to be competitive, as we need to get to the results we deserve."



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