Whist Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo took third position in Sunday's storm-shortened Indianapolis Grand Prix, the other Michelin-shod M1s of Tech 3 team-mates Colin Edwards and James Toseland only managed 15th and 18th - much to the disappointment of team manager Herve Poncharal.
"I am very disappointed with the race. We saw that a rider with our package has done really, really well," said Poncharal, referring to Lorenzo's podium. "James started quite well but he started to lose a lot of ground while, Colin was again very cautious in the first laps like in Misano."
Toseland held eighth for the first five laps of the race, while Edwards plummeted back to 18th until lap eleven. Their paths crossed on lap 13, when Edwards passed Toseland for 15th. Colin remained 15th until the finish, whilst Toseland lost a further two positions.
"I thought I'd got a good start and I got behind a couple of guys but everybody seemed to check up," explained Edwards. "They were right in front of me and the next thing I know, six guys are flying around the inside and outside of me. I was almost last by the second corner and I just put my head down to try and make some progress but I couldn't do anything. It is disappointing because I'm not out there not trying and running around in fifteenth. I'm out there trying my absolute hardest."
"I didn't get off the line very well but I was aggressive into the first turn and went round the outside and passed a few people," recalled Toseland. "I felt pretty good, but as it dried out everybody else got quicker and I couldn't go any faster. It was spinning and obviously I was a bit too soft with the rear setting.
"I had the same tyre as [fifth place] Andrea Dovizioso, so it was obviously the setting. I know I was running a softer setting than Colin and Jorge," he revealed. "When it rained again I found a bit of pace again and could do similar times to the people in front, but by then I'd lost a lot of places."
After round seven of the 2008 season, at Catalunya, Tech 3 Yamaha was holding third in the Teams' World Championship - behind only Fiat Yamaha and Repsol Honda - but has now slipped back to fifth position, with the combined race points of Edwards and Toseland only reaching double digits once in the last five rounds.
"When we remember what we were doing in the first part of the season and we see what we are doing now, I am not happy," said Poncharal. "We have to find some solutions because we shouldn't be finishing where we are."