LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl admitted he took some time to settle into today's MotoGP race at Brno en-route to a solid fifth place on the RC213V.
The reigning Moto2 world champion, who remains in sixth place overall in the MotoGP standings, was hampered when smoke billowed from the rear of Valentino Rossi's Ducati in the early stages of the race.
Bradl was also caught out by Ben Spies, whose Yamaha slowly dramatically after he encountered an overheating clutch at the start of the race.
“During the race I was quite confident and motivated; I took a good start and [Valentino] Rossi was in front of me in the beginning but suddenly he had a technical problem and some smoke came out from his exhaust,” he said.
“After that I thought he was having an engine problem and some oil soiled my visor, which cost me a bit of time because I did not what was going on.
“Also Spies slowed down and [Alvaro] Bautista overtook me but after that I started to set my pace,” added Bradl.
“It took some laps to pass Bautista and Rossi again to do my own race.
“I had a better speed compared to the guys behind me so it's a pity that we lost the race at the beginning, but in any case it was a strong race by my side and want to thank my crew for their concentration and their efforts.”