For the second event in succession, Colin Edwards was left dejected when his pre-race podium hopes turned into a disappointing result.
After matching his season's best fifth on the grid last time out at Brno, Edwards had finished a forgettable seventh in race.
In front of his home fans at Indy, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider once again had his sights set on a rostrum - having repeating his fifth on the grid - and was briefly promoted to third when Dani Pedrosa crashed from the lead of the race.
Valentino Rossi also fell soon after, but the Texan was to be left bitterly disappointed as rear grip issues saw him overtaken by Alex de Angelis, Nicky Hayden and then Andrea Dovizioso by the halfway mark of the 28 laps. Edwards remained in fifth to the finish.
"It was crap,” he said of the race. “I don't know, we were kind of at a cross between soft tyre, hard tyre on the rear. I think everybody ended up choosing the same soft rear tyre, which I think Bridgestone were happy about.
“We didn't really know the degradation of the hard one, if it was going to be bad or not, so we went to soft. But it just felt like everything was pivoting on the rear, you know. I'd go in and the rear's stepping out, and that's not the fast way.
“It just seemed like it was spinning everywhere. And it doesn't help that our bike's slow,” he added, referring to a loss of performance following the introduction of the engine limit rule. “That definitely doesn't help the situation."
“Time to go get a beer."
Despite the disappointment, Edwards remains fifth in the championship and the top satellite rider. Team-mate James Toseland was sixth in the race.