New CWM LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow clearly isn't satisfied with his start to the 2015 MotoGP season.

Or at least not with his race results.

The Englishman is seventh in the championship standings after two rounds on the RC213V, sitting equal on points with top satellite rider Bradley Smith.

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But when told in the Argentina pre-event press conference that he had made a 'solid start to the season', the Englishman replied: "I would say more of a poor start to the season, to be honest. I think seventh place doesn't reflect where we should be."

Reinforcing Crutchlow's view is that he has been ranked second fastest in four of the practice sessions this year - three of them last weekend in Texas, when he received a chassis upgrade from Honda.

Crutchlow confirmed he expected to be in podium contention at COTA, but instead dropped from fifth on the grid to seventh. That was the same position he finished in Qatar, after riding forwards from twelfth on the grid following a qualifying fall.

"The last race was definitely a disappointment," he said. "We had great practices, or as best as we could against the other guys, and I think we were looking set to be in that podium battle.

"But I had some problems in the race, some strange feelings, and we finished seventh. We salvaged some points and made sure we finished the race. That was all we could do in Texas. Now we need to come here and hopefully not have any of those problems and challenge as best as possible."

This weekend will mark Crutchlow's race debut at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit after the former Factory Ducati rider was ruled out of the inaugural round by a broken hand in Texas. Crutchlow's only previous track knowledge will thus be an exploratory test session in 2013, when he was still a Tech 3 Yamaha rider.

"It's great to finally be here for the grand prix in Argentina," he admitted. "We get such a fantastic welcome when we come. I think, even though I watched it last year at home, it was one of the great grands prix of the year.

"So I think with the CWM LCR Honda team we can hopefully make some good first free practices, because I need to familiarise with the track because I didn't race here last year. Sure we are at a disadvantage and when we tested there was really no grip. Three or four laps and the tyres were finished.

"It's good that I actually know where the track goes, but I think it will be a more difficult race weekend for us this weekend. But I'm definitely looking forward to riding here in Argentina."

Two free practice sessions will take place on Friday.


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