Brno pole man Cal Crutchlow's race ended in huge disappointment as the British star slid out of fourth place.
The Tech 3 Yamaha rider had claimed the second pole position start of his career with a blistering effort yesterday, but Crutchlow appeared to lose the front end of his M1 on lap eight as he attempted to bridge the gap to the leading trio of Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.
Crutchlow bravely remounted and fought his way through the field to finish 17th, but failed to pick up any championship points.
“Obviously I am disappointed after qualifying in pole position but I had to push really hard to try and get away from [Alvaro] Bautista and [Valentino] Rossi,” he said.
“[Jorge] Lorenzo made an incredible start and his first lap was really strong and that put us all under pressure.
“I was happy with my pace and I felt comfortable but then I made a mistake.
“I was trying to get myself back in contention for the podium and I lost the front,” added the 27-year-old.
“I am sure I could have finished fourth but I got back on a damaged bike and set a fast and consistent pace and I never gave up.”
Crutchlow is now looking ahead to this weekend's British MotoGP at Silverstone although the Coventry man admits his mistake today has not aided his preparation for his home race.
“It is not the best preparation for my home race at Silverstone but I go there knowing I have the pace and that I can be challenging at the front,” he said.
“I am really excited for Silverstone and I know the support from the British fans will be incredible, so hopefully I can give them something to cheer about.”