Cal Crutchlow's bid for a second successive MotoGP podium came to an abrupt end when the Tech 3 Yamaha rider crashed out on the fifth lap of the San Marino Grand Prix.
The British ace, who stood on the rostrum for the first time at Brno in the Czech Republic, was confident of another top three finish after securing a front row start with a superb performance in qualifying on Saturday at Misano.
However, Crutchlow lost the front end of his YZR-M1 at the first corner on the fifth lap as he chased team-mate Andrea Dovizioso in fourth place.
He escaped unhurt, but his pride was dented afterwards as he admitted he squandered an excellent opportunity of a second successive podium.
“I am disappointed because looking at how the race unfolded I gave up a great chance to be back on the podium,” he said.
“Rossi and Bradl recovered quite a few points on me too today, so I need to get back on track in Aragon to make sure I keep fifth place in the world championship.”
Assessing the incident, Crutchlow said he was experiencing difficulty stopping the bike with a full fuel load in the early stages of the race.
“I got a really bad start from the front row and quickly lost a couple of places.
“Actually it was not that I missed the lights but I released the clutch and nothing happened because the clutch was already out and that was my mistake,” he explained.
“Luckily I managed to stay in fifth position but then it was really difficult to pass Andrea.
“On lap four I could see I was catching him a little but he is a demon on the brakes and I was also having a problem stopping the bike with a full fuel load.
“I wanted to pass him at the first corner but as soon as I got in the middle of the corner I lost the front,” he added.
“I got a bang on my left leg and thought it might be injured but the feeling came back quickly and I could have got back in the race.
“But the right handlebar was badly bent so the throttle didn't move.”