The 2010 Qatar Grand Prix was one of the worst races of Marco Melandri's career, the Italian finishing 13th and a distant last on his return to the Honda Gresini team with which he finished second in the 2005 MotoGP World Championship.
The Italian looks to be suffering the most in terms of trying to extract performance from the 2010 RCV, now on Ohlins suspension, and technical problems made his predicament even worse.
“That was a very disappointing race, one of the worst of my career,” said Melandri, who had qualified 17th and last. “It was impossible for me to ride - I was struggling from the start and after a few laps it got worse, with the engine braking system cutting out which meant I couldn't even brake properly.
“There was something wrong with the throttle connection and I couldn't work out how much to open the gas – sometimes I was giving too much and the bike was moving around on the exits of the corners. It is a bad race to end a disappointing weekend. I just have to keep the faith that my team can help me find a solution.
“Unfortunately I am a very sensitive rider with a specific style and it seems this bike is not the best solution for me. I'm really upset.”
Melandri's rookie team-mate Marco Simoncelli finished his first MotoGP race in eleventh.
“I'm pretty happy with what you could call a decent debut,” he declared. “After having struggled in the winter tests we've seen tonight that I am in shape to fight with the mid-pack, if not the front guys just yet.
“I'm happy with the first half of my race but when the tyres went off I couldn't stick the pace with Capirossi and Edwards and had to 'pull the oars into the boat'! It was tough for me to keep a fast pace when I was riding on my own so I slowed down.
“There were definitely positive aspects to take from this and now we move on.”