Scott Redding has expressed his disappointment at dropping down the order during the Moto2 Aragon Grand Prix after struggling with front-end issues.
The Briton, racing for the first time since being involved in the accident that claimed the life of Shoya Tomizawa at Misano, showed his resilience by qualifying an excellent second on the Marc VDS machine.
However, having identified tyre wear issues during warm-up, a necessary change to the set-up prevented Redding from maintaining that pace during the race.
As such, the Briton would slip back as the race progressed, eventually crossing the line eighth for what remains only his third top ten finish of the season.
"We had to make some changes to the front of the bike today, because we were only getting 12 laps from a front tyre during practice and qualifying yesterday. We tried the changes this morning in warm-up and they worked fine, but the conditions in the race were a lot warmer and I started having problems with the front from the start.
“I didn't get away from the line too well and then got caught out a bit by the traffic in turn one. I managed to fight my way through onto the back of the leading group on the first lap, but I was having real problems getting the bike stopped and turned on the front; it felt like it was going to close on me all the time.
“I pushed as hard as I could, but started dropping back as the race went on. We were on the pace all weekend, so I'm a bit disappointed to only finish eighth today."