Bridgestone, MotoGP's exclusive tyre supplier, took a lot of flack at Assen when its tyres proved especially difficult to heat-up in the cool weather conditions, contributing to the latest in a series of cold-tyre crashes.
The company offered to deliver an even softer compound for use on race day, but the teams were unable to give the unanimous agreement necessary and so the two original options continued for the race.
For Suzuki, which struggles more than most to generate tyre heat, the cold and damp race-day weather was a nightmare scenario. And with no softer compound arriving, Alvaro Bautista had no chance.
The Spaniard spent most of the race in tenth, before a recovering Marco Simoncelli overtook him with four laps to go.
“From the beginning to the end I never had a good feeling on the bike and it was always the same problem for the whole weekend - rear grip was nothing and entering the corners was very difficult," said Bautista.
"During the race I tried to push to get into the top-10, but each corner seemed very risky and it felt like the tyre was on ice sometimes! Anyway, I'm looking forward to Mugello – hotter temperatures, a great track and we can do much better there.”
Rizla Suzuki team manager Paul Denning said that the tyre situation meant a competitive race was 'impossible'.
“The control tyre situation has a lot of positives, but on occasions like today - when even the softer of the two tyres is way too hard for our rider - it makes it impossible to compete," he said.