Casey Stoner says he is 'a little disappointed' that he was unable to make the harder tyre work on his Repsol Honda during the Catalunya Grand Prix as he completed a race off the podium for the first time since Misano 2010.
The Australian began the fifth round of the season from pole position, but after being swallowed up by Dani Pedrosa, ben Spies, Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso in the opening stages, Stoner was thereafter never in contention for victory.
Dropping to fifth place behind Cal Crutchlow courtesy of an error at Caixa, Stoner would eventually wrest back fourth from the Briton, whereby he began to apply pressure to Dovizioso for the bottom step of the podium.
In the end, the harder tyre wouldn't give him as much of an advantage in the latter stages as he had anticipated and though Stoner would cross the line on the tail of the Tech 3 Yamaha, he would be forced to settle for fourth.
The first time since joining Honda that he has gone the distance without stepping on the podium, Stoner was content to record valuable points, but frustrated at not having race-winning pace.
“I'm a little disappointed, we gave it everything at the end but we just didn't have the pace, especially in the beginning with the hard tyre. It seemed that only Dani could really make that tyre work today and he made it work better than us. With the performance we had during the weekend we expected to be a little stronger throughout the race, we knew the beginning was going to be tough but we believed that towards the end we would be able to run a higher pace.
“We weren't sure if the softer tyre was going to be a problem for us in the race so we took the safer option today. We thought we had a better bike and better pace, but it didn't come together. Still we came home with some points and we have the test here tomorrow to work on the chatter issues so I'm sure we'll be back fighting at the top again soon.”