Marc Marquez was left to rue a poor start from the front row as the Repsol Honda rider ran out of time in his pursuit of eventual race winner Jorge Lorenzo at Valencia in Spain.
Marquez had to fight his way through after dropping positions on the opening lap, allowing Lorenzo the opportunity to establish a gap at the front.
The Honda rider began to make rapid inroads into Lorenzo's advantage in the closing stages, but it was too little, too late for the 2016 MotoGP world champion, who had to settle for second place.
“It was my worst start of the season because I had a problem with the clutch and the rear was spinning, and then the bike comes with a big wheelie. I lost many positions and a lot of time in the beginning of the race,” Marquez said.
“I took a lot of time also to overtake Valentino [Rossi] and [Andrea] Iannone because as Valentino said yesterday, it is very difficult to overtake here. I was trying to manage, trying to overtake and I tried, but then the Ducati passed me on the straight. Our weak point has been the acceleration but we tried and when we opened a small gap I started to push.
“I could see that I was catching Jorge but I was starting to see the laps that remained and the time, and I said it will be difficult, but I will try,” he added. “But there are no excuses, the race is 30 laps and today Jorge rode an incredible race.”
Marquez rated his season as a nine out of ten and said he deducted a point after making 'the same mistake as 2014'.
“For me, nine, because we did a great job and it was an incredible season. We just did some mistakes in these last two races but it is okay because the championship was done. We must be focused and I did the same mistake as 2014, so it is something that I need to learn and for that reason, one point less than ten.”
The 23-year-old stopped short of wishing Lorenzo good luck in his move to Ducati and said he will be watching with interest when the Mallorcan makes his debut on the Desmosedici GP16 at the post-race test on Tuesday.
“I hope [he will be] less [stronger] than on the Yamaha! If not, it will be very difficult. You never know and in 48 hours we will start to see how is the way on the new season. Obviously there remains many days in front but if I say to you that I wish the best to him, no! I wish that he struggles with the Ducati because if not, it will be more difficult to me,” Marquez said.
“I wish that he enjoys on the bike but if he is stronger than Yamaha it will be very difficult to beat him, so we will see.”