MotoGP rookie Pol Espargaro finished his first home Spanish round in ninth position, having been unable to get involved in the fight for fifth that played out in front of him.

Espargaro made a poor start from eighth on the grid and had to recover through the midfield in the early laps. That cost him time but he felt that his tyre choice, using the hard front tyre, was also a mistake.

"I think in the beginning I made a really bad start and was behind a lot of riders in the first or second corners," said Espargaro. "I was in trouble for too many laps and when I tried to push I think that the front tyre [the hard] wasn't the best option. At the start I was a little worried that the front would close and I was too slow in the beginning. When I started to recover the front guys - Dovi, Bautista and Bradley - it was too late and I could only look at the fight but not be in it."

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Espargaro went on to comment that he felt that while there was little to choose between rear tyres there was a significant difference in how the front tyres reacted in the heat. Espargaro also admitted that his lack of experience played a role in not being able to get the most from the bike in difficult conditions.

With Tech 3 testing on Monday at Jerez he is hoping to spend time evaluating the tyres and understanding how to ride in the hot and slippery conditions better:

"In these conditions I think that there was no difference for the rear tyre. In this heat it was impossible for them to work on the bike and you feel the bike spinning. With both rear tyres I think that the bike was the same but for the front I think that maybe the softer tyre would have been better. But we'll never know, maybe tomorrow we can test with other combinations and see if we can be faster."

With no new parts coming for Tech 3, the test will be an opportunity for Espargaro to try and continue adapting his style to a MotoGP bike. Throughout the weekend the reigning Moto2 world champion has said that understanding how to use the electronics on his Yamaha and avoiding wheelspin has been an issue for him.

"We don't have many things to test on the bike so just settings. I need to ride the bike in these conditions and when the track gets slippery we need to know how to ride the bike fast because today I was just spinning the tyre and going nowhere. It's difficult to ride in these conditions so we have to learn."