Michael Laverty was left bitterly disappointed after crashing out of the Malaysian MotoGP - the Northern Ireland rider’s second successive DNF.
Laverty’s team-mate, Damian Cudlin - who replaced Yonny Hernandez in Paul Bird’s team after the Colombian left to fill in for the injured Ben Spies at Pramac Ducati - was hit also by bad luck after retiring with a technical problem.
Cudlin, too, failed to finish last time out on his debut for the team at Aragon in Spain.
Laverty, who qualified in 19th position, was hit by a ride-through penalty for jumping the start from row seven along with Hector Barbera and Colin Edwards.
It was a huge blow for the Toome man, who had been lying in 15th position on the ART machine when he was forced to enter the pits to fulfil the penalty.
More woe was to follow as Laverty went down at the hairpin on the 13th lap as he attempted to make up ground.
“Things didn’t quite go my way on race day here at Sepang. Hector Barbera jumped the start in front of me, and I instinctively dropped the clutch and jerked forward,” he explained.
“Unfortunately any movement before the lights is deemed a jump start. I was up to 15th position but the ride through penalty ruined any chance of scoring points which we had the pace to do today.
“I then had a small crash pushing hard trying to catch the guys in front. Hopefully a bit of luck comes our way next weekend in Phillip Island.”
Laverty remains in 24th position overall in the MotoGP World Championship standings in his debut season - 10th in the CRT class - with three races remaining at Phillip Island in Australia (October 20), Motegi in Japan (October 27) and Valencia in Spain in November.
The race was won by Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, who clinched his third win of the from team-mate Marc Marquez by 2.7 seconds with Jorge Lorenzo on the Factory Yamaha in third.
Marquez has extended his lead in the championship to 43 points over Lorenzo and could conceivably secure the title this weekend in Australia.
Italy’s Valentino Rossi (Yamaha Factory Racing) finished a lonely fourth with Alvaro Bautista on the Gresini Honda winning his battle with Britain’s Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Tech 3) to seal fifth.