Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro is feeling positive over his progress so far this season on the GSX-RR heading into the final race before the MotoGP summer break this weekend at the Sachsenring in Germany.

Espargaro is 12th in the championship and concedes that his points tally after the first eight rounds is not what he had hoped for, but two seventh place finishes this year in Argentina and at Jerez plus a stunning front row qualifying position at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit have filled the Spanish rider with optimism for the remainder of the season.

"I really am happy with the performance we showed because with a brand new bike we are not so far from the top guys, which is great for Suzuki and for me," said Espargaro.

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"I am not happy with the points that we have at the moment because we are really far in the championship, but I think it is because we have bad luck and also I crash in Barcelona.

"But overall I am happy with the feeling and happy with my first season with Suzuki and [we are] getting closer and closer.

"If we look back where we were at the beginning of the season when we were really fast, I think all the engineers and all the team were not expecting to have these results," he added.

"We are happy for the team and everybody is doing a really good job, working very hard. We know where we have to improve and in the last race at Assen we were fighting for the top six with the factory guys and really good riders and it was just race eight, so I am really pleased."

Espargaro is 14 points his team-mate and series rookie Maverick Vinales in the championship, who holds ninth position after the first eight races.