Valentino Rossi was left frustrated after a crash early in qualifying for the Indianapolis Grand Prix left him languishing down in 14th place on the grid.
The seven-time MotoGP champion lost the front end of his Ducati during the 10th minute of the session, forcing a switch to the spare bike for the remainder. Afterward, Rossi said that the "slightly different setup," of the spare GP11.1 had left him with no feeling from the front end and contributed to his second worst qualifying session of the year.
"We took a nice step forward this morning that we hoped to confirm in qualifying, and instead I fell right away," Rossi said. "We really could have done without that crash, but the front closed right when I touched the brake.
"From there, the whole session was difficult because the second bike had a slightly different setup. I lost one pair of new tires and I had to start with a set of used ones. I wasn't able to get back the feeling from this morning, when the bike felt better and I could push harder.
"It's really a shame because we wanted to try to start from the second row again, like at Brno, and instead we'll have to work hard tomorrow. Anyway, we'll give our best effort in the race because we weren't so far off this morning."
Rossi's teammate Nicky Hayden will start eighth, with the privateer Desmosedicis of Hector Barbera and Randy de Puniet among the bikes separating the pair.