Oxford rider Bradley Smith was frustrated in a frenetic Argentine MotoGP after crashing seven laps from the finish.
The Red Bull KTM Factory rider set off from the seventh row of the grid and started well on the Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina track on Sunday.
The 27-year-old raced as high as ninth as the initially wet track died under tyre before fading back to 17th after contact with other riders.
The tricky track made overtaking difficult and Smith crashed at turn one just seven laps from the flag as he tried to make up ground.
Smith said: “Unfortunately I had a few situations where riders hit me and I lost a lot of ground.
“I tried to get my head down and start to come forwards, and my lap-times were coming down but I got too greedy in the first corner and went off-line. I lost the front.
“It was a frustrating way to end the race but there are a lot of positives from this weekend. I found a good feeling with the bike from FP1 and the performance was there in the race so I need to keep doing the same things.”
MotoGP ventures north to Austin, Texas, for round three on April 22.