MotoGP rookie Pol Espargaro rode from 21st to seventh in Sunday's German MotoGP, having been caught up behind Andrea Dovizioso during the mass pit-lane start.

"I was waiting to see what the other riders would do on the grid because actually I was a little bit lost," confessed the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider. "I knew I had to change to slicks, but I thought 'okay, wait and see what the official guys do and then I'll do the same'.

"So when they came into the pits [at the end of the formation lap] I did the same. I tried to change bikes as fast as possible and at the start I was just behind Dovi. But I don't know what happened. I think he still had the pit limiter on. I overtook some guys, was right behind him and then suddenly his engine went 'da-da-da-da-da' and he slowed down! So I had to brake and start again."

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Dovizioso later confirmed that his pit lane limiter had not been disengaged and it left both riders towards the back of the 23-rider field.

"At the end of the first lap I was 21st. Dovi was not too far ahead but he was able to overtake the riders in front and for me it was difficult to overtake at this track," said Espargaro.

"By the time I caught the Ducatis again it was too late to reach my brother and Iannone. Iannone was pretty smart at the beginning and after he finished fifth, which is the position I think we could have got in dry conditions, but we will never know.

"Today was a day for experience, like Assen. I was too slow at the beginning and by the time I had confidence it was too late, but I didn't crash and we finished seventh. For the future the target is higher and maybe I need to take more risks at the beginning."

Espargaro ends the first half of his debut MotoGP season seventh in the world championship, with a best race finish of fourth.