Pol Espargaro was in a philosophical mood after seeing a potential maiden MotoGP podium scuppered by a crash identical to others using Bridgestone's asymmetric front tyre.

The only Yamaha rider to opt for the special dual-compound front tyre, rather than the extra soft slick, Espargaro was running fourth late on when he lost the front of the Tech 3 Yamaha coming into Honda hairpin.

A similar fate that would befall Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow ahead, Espargaro's exit compounded a day when not a single factory class rider to use the tyre reached the finish line.

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With team-mate Bradley Smith going on to finish in third place - having been running behind Espargaro at the time of his fall -, the Spaniard says the crash came about despite him doing nothing different compared with previous laps.

"We checked the data and I braked at the same point with the same speed, everything the same as the lap before," he said of the crash itself.

"I was the only one in Yamaha to choose that tyre. It was a risky decision on our part but we tried to use the [other] soft front and it was impossible for me. I thought we would take a risk and I was faster, but it started to feel a little bit cold, the temperature was going down and wind was cold, so I crashed."