Lenovo Ducati's Pecco Bagnaia has admitted choosing the medium-compound Michelin for yesterday's Catalan MotoGP was an mistake as he struggled for grip in the closing stages.
Bagnaia made a late switch on the grid as team-mate Jack Miller - who finished on the podium - stuck to the hard option as did the rest of the podium men.
"I was really convinced that the medium can work well. Last year with a soft we were very fast on the last part of the race. This year not," said Bagnaia, speaking at the track.
"I was struggling a lot in the last six/seven laps. I was constant, but after 18 laps the rear tyre had a big, big drop and it was impossible to accelerate.
"Normally you lose on acceleration but you can brake harder to recover all the missing from the tyre, but in the exit today no, because on the edge (of the tyre) I was sliding a lot, I was losing the rear.
"So we tried to use the medium. Yesterday I was fast, this morning I was constant, but it was the wrong choice.
"We made a mistake with the team. We all together choose the medium. Looking at the results, it’s clear that the hard can be better, but it’s my fault."