Jack Miller has apologised to his team following a late crash at the Spanish GP that ended his hopes of a top-10 finish.
The Pramac Racing rider, who started from P15 after missing Q2 for the first time this season, worked his way up to eighth in the race before colliding with Aleix Espargaro with three laps to go.
Miller said a lack of pace contributed to his fall, having battled for most of the MotoGP™ race with Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow in Jerez.
“I’m very sorry because it is always a shame to fall with a few laps to go,” the Aussie said. “I am especially sorry for the team that did a great job in these three days in Jerez.
“I tried to stay with the group fighting for the podium then I felt that I no longer have feeling. I’ll be back stronger at Le Mans.
“You go and do 23 laps, it’s not nice to lay it over. But mostly it was my fault.
“When you start going backwards like that, people are just firing it at you left, right and centre.
“As Aleix was braking to try and pass me, he had a bit of a moment, ran a little wide and I’m only human, I’m going to try and hold my inside line.
“This time it didn’t work, so back to the drawing board.”
Marc Marquez won the race, with Alex Rins and Maverick Vinales completing the podium.
Miller returns to the track on 16-19 May, at the French GP at Le Mans.