Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Pol Espargaro blamed the dirty track conditions in Argentina for spoiling his enjoyment as he finished seventh on the combined times at the Termas de Rio Hondo track.

Espargaro, who suffered bad luck at the previous round in Austin when he was taken out of the race by Scott Redding on the opening lap, lapped in 1m 39.648s as he finished only three tenths of a second down on Ducati's Andrea Iannone in second place, but 0.872s behind day one pacesetter Aleix Espargaro on the Suzuki.

The track conditions in Argentina proved an issue at the inaugural MotoGP round held at the venue in 2014 and it was much the same on Friday, as riders struggled for grip, particularly in FP1.

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"Overall, it was a positive start to the Argentina round and I am pleased with what we managed to achieve today. We produced a good lap in the afternoon and the rhythm was solid with both hard and soft compounds of tyre," said Espargaro.

"We were also quite close to the front during the whole FP2 session, which is certainly a positive. Tomorrow we have to concentrate on testing the tyres further as at the moment we are not sure which one will be the most effective in the race as the conditions are changing quite rapidly.

"The track is as dirty as last year, which is a big pity as it has such a nice layout but we could not take advantage and enjoy riding it today due to the dirt," he added. "However, altogether it was a positive start to round three."

Espargaro said he was experiencing some pain in the hard-braking areas following the incident at the Circuit of the Americas but added that it wasn't affecting his performance too adversely.

"My physical conditions are fortunately okay," added Espargaro. "Having said that, I do experience a slight bit of pain in the hard braking zones and also when I have to change direction quickly.

"However, I can handle this without painkillers, so I'm already looking forward to day two in Argentina."