Aleix Espargaro arrives for this weekend's MotoGP in Argentina knowing that his new Factory Suzuki is currently less competitive than last season's Forward Yamaha.

The Spaniard was fifth in the championship with 20 points after the opening pair of 2014 events, but is eighth with 13 points this time around.

"Well obviously the position is not fantastic, but we take points and we know the difficulty of being new in the championship," said Espargaro, selected alongside rookie Maverick Vinales for Suzuki's MotoGP return.

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"We still need time to develop the bike. We suffered a lot on the long Austin straight but finally we take good points and have finished both races. So we are happy with the job we are doing but we are still really far from the top guys. We are working hard and I hope race-by-race we can be closer."

Espargaro earned his Factory deal after winning the CRT and then Open class for privateers, riding for Aspar Aprilia and Forward Yamaha respectively.

"I feel good," he said of his Factory surroundings. "My crew chief is really, really good. It is the first year I've worked with Tom and he is fantastic. Also the atmosphere of the team, much more professional than last year. But last year I was a little but faster and so - this year I'm factory but I want to be fast like last year!

"But as I said it's not easy at the beginning, we are working hard and know the problems of the bike."

Looking ahead to this weekend's event, the Spaniard added: "I like the layout of the track. I was fast in qualifying last year but made a mistake and crashed in the race. I'm looking forward to trying the track to see if it's a little more clean than last year.

"Like the first two rounds we need to finish and take points. Right now we are not able to fight for top positons, so the most important thing is to take points."