Broc Parkes had to settle for 17th in Sunday's Spanish MotoGP, but while the Australian was frustrated to finish at the back he felt saw positives in continuing to learn in MotoGP and get more from the bike throughout a race distance.

Whereas in Argentina his pace dropped dramatically in the closing stages at Jerez he was more consistent with riding style changes allowing him to get more from the bike later in the race and use the tyre better.

"I was better than last race, even though we were pretty much in the same position, but I felt better," said Parkes. "I'm learning a lot but it's frustrating because we were at the back. From my side I think that I was better. I made a mistake on the second lap and ran wide and went off the track. In the first half of the race my pace was OK so now I need to improve more for the second half of the race. I'm happy to have the test tomorrow because I think that we can make some changes and I can understand the bike more."

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When asked what changes he had made to his riding style, Parkes singled out adjusting his weight to balance the bike better under braking and cornering. With his leg dangling more often at Jerez it was clear that he was trying to adapt to the bike but for Parkes the key is to have the confidence to try hanging off the bike to a greater degree.

"I had a completely different set-up to Argentina here and I think that tomorrow in the test we'll go back more towards the setting that I had in the warm-up. I still need to understand the tyres fully but I think that today I made an improvement and found a way in the race to go faster. For me that was good and even though I'm last I want to keep pushing because I keep going faster.

"I was shifting my weight more today. I was hanging my leg off, my arm off, basically you need to hang off your whole body with these bikes. It's a confidence thing and around the fast right hand corners you nearly have to try and put your face on the ground! It's about getting the confidence to do that but I learned a lot in this race."