Eugene Laverty endured another frustrating weekend as the Aspar Honda rider failed to finish in the points at Misano in Italy.
In a chaotic race hit by changeable weather conditions, which forced the majority of riders to make two pit stops, Laverty could only finish in 19th place on the Open class RC213V-RS.
It was a disappointing result for the 29-year-old from Toomebridge, who had started so promisingly during free practice on Friday at the Marco Simoncelli Circuit after heading the Open class times.
Laverty was left to rue the mixed conditions in San Marino, which also spoiled his prospects in the previous round at Silverstone.
“It’s always easy to look back on a race with hindsight and maybe we could have pitted earlier in the race but anything you do in this situation is a gamble and that’s the way it goes,” said Laverty.
“It was a hero or zero kind of race and fair play to the boys on the podium, but it could so easily have gone the other way for them.
“The biggest surprise for me was when I went back out on my dry bike again and the lap time and the feeling was incredible. I had so much grip it was like the bike I had on Friday again. Yesterday and also this morning I had zero front grip, I have no idea why,” he added.
“Today, I don’t know whether the rain had washed the dirt off the track or whether the Bridgestone wets had laid some rubber down but I had grip again. It’s something we need to look into but for me it was down to the surface.”
Laverty hasn’t had conditions to suit to fulfil his promise at Silverstone and Misano but the Northern Ireland star remains optimistic he can show his true colours at the next rounds.
“I wasn’t sure Misano would suit us but actually we have shown good pace at certain points of the weekend so now we can go to Aragon and Phillip Island, two tracks that should be good for us,” he added.
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez won the race from British pair Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Scott Redding (Marc VDS Honda).
Jorge Lorenzo saw his championship hopes dented as the Movistar Yamaha rider crashed out after switching to his dry set-up machine, with Valentino Rossi - fifth at his home circuit - extending his title lead to 23 points with five races remaining.