Karel Abraham says he was nervous at the start of the Argentina MotoGP race after a heavy fall during morning warm-up forced him to use his spare Aspar Ducati GP15, but was thrilled to produce a measured performance for his best result since Valencia 2012.

The Czech Republic rider stunned the grid by securing second place in qualifying in mixed conditions at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo and despite conceding a podium finish was always unlikely he was delighted with tenth place.

Toasting his best result in MotoGP since the 2012 season finale in Valencia, Abraham admitted he thought his chances were wiped out before the race in Argentina had even begun.

In the Sunday morning warm-up session Abraham tipped off a turn two which wrecked his Aspar Ducati and forced a complete revision to start the race on his spare machine.

"It was not so easy as I had a very big crash in morning warm-up which completely destroyed the bike," Abraham said. "We had to start work on the second bike which was not the plan. I was a bit nervous at the start of the race after such a big crash and starting from the front row."

Despite his concerns Abraham was elated with a top ten finish and feels the experience and race data gained from the Argentina race weekend will put him in a strong position to attack at the next round at the Circuit of the Americas.

"I think it was a really good weekend for us and such good experience for the year ahead," he said. "I am so happy to collect six points here in Argentina which is amazing. To have such a good qualifying and to gain so much experience is brilliant.

"The goal was to collect points and we finished inside the top ten so this is above our expectations. Maybe some people thought starting from P2 we must fight for the podium but this was not the case. We are leaving Argentina so happy and prepared for the next race in Texas."

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