Andrea Dovizioso was left to rue front tyre issues as the Ducati rider scraped a top ten finish in the Argentina MotoGP.

Dovizioso had been running as high as second on the first lap but quickly began to fall away, an engine problem with the Desmosedici GP14 adding to his troubles at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit.

"It was a very tough race, to be honest I didn't think it would go like that. I was a bit unlucky because I also had a problem with the engine, when oil came out and led to a loss of some power," said Dovizioso.

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"I also think I made the wrong choice of front tyre because I was unable to brake and put pressure on the front wheel, neither under braking nor in the curve, and turn-in was slow as well.

"The race sort of went a bit wrong for me today, and it just confirms that we still have to improve a lot to be able to stay with the others."

The Italian star's team-mate, Michele Pirro - standing in for the injured Cal Crutchlow - could only manage 17th after failing to get to grips with the absent British rider's GP14.

"It was a disappointing result, after I had finally managed to find a good feeling with the bike during the warm-up," said Ducati test rider Pirro.

"In the race unfortunately I made several mistakes and lost contact with the group that went from tenth to 15th place. Now I hope to make a big step forward at Jerez next week."