Nicky Hayden finished at the wrong end of an entertaining six-way dice in the closing stages of Sunday's German MotoGP.
The fastest Ducati rider in wet qualifying and the dry warm-up, Hayden spent almost the entire 30 laps battling with local Honda star Stefan Bradl and fellow Desmosedici riders Valentino Rossi and Hector Barbera.
Alvaro Bautista and Cal Crutchlow later joined the fight, but the final laps saw Hayden drop from seventh to tenth - crossing the line just 1.2s from fifth placed Bradl.
“I'm really frustrated to have been in a big battle like that, only to arrive at the end of it,” he said. “For the most part, I felt just as fast as the other riders in the group and even faster in places, until about the last five laps.
“Then I think I was hurt by the combination of the tyre going off and me trying too hard at the end. I really started to spin and lost the rear a couple times on entry.
“We had tried a couple of things in the warm-up, and considering the lack of dry time this weekend, the bike was decent. In parts of the track I was fast, but I had troubles getting into and out of the last corner, as well as braking for turn one.
“To arrive tenth, when fifth was just over a second in front, is hard for a racer to take. I can't be too happy with that one, but we'll get another shot in a week at Mugello.”