Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro had higher expectations than his seventh place finish in the Argentina MotoGP after clinching a brilliant front row start in qualifying at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit.

Espargaro was second fastest on the GSX-RR and although he had ruled out any prospect of challenging for the top three, the Spanish rider had hoped for a better result than he achieved on Sunday.

"It's been a tough race, unfortunately I finished seventh after being in second place on the grid. This is not what we were hoping or expecting for. We are afflicted by some issues at the rear from the beginning and we need to fix them to be more competitive," Espargaro said.

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"For sure this seventh place doesn't pay justice to the positive that we had this weekend and this is why I am a little disappointed after the race.

"We have transferred a lot of feedback to the engineers, therefore I hope we will get some improvement in the European races. So far we are too-far from the top than we actually deserve."

His team-mate, Maverick Vinales, finished in 10th position and the series rookie was also left with a feeling of disappointment after struggling in particular on the opening laps.

"I was hoping for a better result in the race according to the progress I made this weekend, including my direct access to Q2," said Vinales.

"Unfortunately I had a bad feeling with the tyres in the early laps so I could not be as effective as I wanted, but then unexpectedly the feeling got better and better as the tyres got more worn, so at the end of the race I was lapping at nearly the same times as the race leaders.

"For sure we take comfort from this, because it means that we have a good machine," he added.

"We need to improve in the qualifying session and also in the set-up for the race. But once again, being in the top-10 is a positive result we must be proud of."