Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro was less than satisfied with seventh place in the Jerez MotoGP, repeating his claim that he feels he has the potential to be finishing higher up the order.

Espargaro managed to keep Britain's Bradley Smith at bay in the closing laps but had hoped for better in Spain, where the GSX-RR rider highlighted improved traction as the key to making more progress with the Suzuki rather than gaining more outright speed.

"I'm not really satisfied with the result of this race, it is positive that I got again in the top eight and I gained important points to get closer to seventh place in the championship, but we all feel we have the potential to aim for higher results," he said.

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"At the moment we have to work more on traction, it is not a matter of pure power anymore; it is more a matter of delivering the power that we already have more effectively.

"We made huge steps forward with the chattering compared to previous races and now we have to deal with the rear wheel spinning. We have one very important test day tomorrow.

"We will test some new parts but mainly we have to work on the electronics to find improved traction," Espargaro added.

"The team is doing an amazing job and really supporting me so it would be nice to reward them with better results because I think we deserve them for the potential that we have."

Rookie Maverick Vinales finished in 11th place after being involved in a five-rider battle for tenth and although he was happy with his result, Vinales said his qualifying performance let him down after he started the race from 14th place on the grid.

"I'm happy to have ended the race almost in the top 10 but for sure I regret the mistake I made in qualifying," he said.

"My pace in the race was good and I did a lot of overtakes, but unfortunately when you have to make so many passes it takes you a lot of time and I couldn't reach the pace I felt I could make; which I believe could have been around a second faster.

"This is what happens when you start in the middle of the grid instead of nearer the front. I think we have the potential to legitimately aim for the third-row and starting from there would mean a much easier race for us," Vinales added.

"I need to improve my style and my approach to qualifying. I'm still a rookie with the softer tyres so it's taking some time, but I feel confident that we are following the right path to improve."