Pol Espargaro feels he had the potential to achieve a better result than his solid ride to eighth place at Phillip Island.

The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider came through from the third row of the grid to fight his way through from 11th place on the opening laps, exchanging places with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso to move into ninth place on lap five before hunting down his brother Aleix on the factory Suzuki, making a crucial pass on lap 15 before inching away.

"Today's race was a solid finish to the weekend and we have to be satisfied when bearing in mind how we started on Friday. In addition, the gap to the riders in front is not as big as it has been at other races this year, so all in all we have to be pleased," said Espargaro.

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"Having said that, I also have a bittersweet taste in my mouth when thinking about the confidence and pace that I had in today's warm-up, but for some reason the grip level during the race always seems to be lower than in the morning.

"This lack of grip generates a few issues for us, which we have experienced in the last couple of races as well as today," he added.

"Therefore, we need to find a solution to this matter and be more prepared for the race at Sepang, even if this round has been a positive one."