DOHA, QATAR - MARCH 26: Valentino Rossi of Italy and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP celebrates the third place on the podium at the end of the MotoGP race during the MotoGp of Qatar - Race at Losail Circuit on March 26, 2017 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi is keen to step aboard his YZR-M1s at the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit this weekend.

Fresh from the Qatari podium, where he celebrated a solid third place almost a fortnight ago, the Italian rider will gear up for the second round of the MotoGP World Championship in Argentina where he is determined to challenge amongst the front-runners again this weekend.

At the first round in Qatar, Rossi rode a strong comeback race from tenth on the grid, to secure his first top three finish of the season.

The nine-time World Champion‘s popularity knows no borders and is also well-spread in South America. He is the Argentinian crowd's favourite and will be pushing to the limit to give his fans a great show, like he did with his win in 2015 and last year's second place.

“It wasn't an easy start to the championship,” he said. “We have worked so hard during the test, but during the weekend of the first race we have fixed a few things, especially in the front. The race went very well and I was very happy to be able to get on the podium. Now we go to Argentina. This is a track that I like very much and I'm happy to go there. I hope that there are good asphalt conditions because last year it was difficult for us. We will try to work better and try to go once again on the podium!”