The first lap of Sunday's British Grand Prix at Silverstone saw Dani Pedrosa launch an all-out attack on race and title leader Jorge Lorenzo.
Pedrosa, winner at Mugello to arrive at round five 25 points from Lorenzo, twice took the lead - but twice Lorenzo snatched it back and by the end of the lap Pedrosa was down to fourth.
That marked the start of steadily decline for the Spaniard, who took the chequered flag in eighth – his worst result of the season – and has slipped from second to third in the standings, five points behind Repsol Honda team-mate Andrea Dovizioso and 42 behind Lorenzo.
“Well, eighth is obviously a disappointing result because we were looking quite strong here yesterday and I was confident,” admitted Pedrosa. “However, we were lacking some grip from the beginning of the race and we couldn't replicate the pace we were able to achieve in practice.
“The rear was spinning and sliding quite a lot and the front was pushing which meant that, even though I was pushing really hard, I wasn't able to maintain my pace. It was frustrating because I could see the riders in front and I could stay with them but it was impossible to fight for position.
“The one positive thing from the weekend is that even though I had two crashes I wasn't injured and I didn't feel pain during the race today. This means we can quickly put this weekend behind us and move on to the next races - the first one being Assen next weekend.
“I'd like to thank the team because they worked really hard this weekend and had to rebuild the bike twice.”