Francesco Bagnaia headed to the German Grand Prix last week determined to close the gap on championship leader Fabio Quartararo.
The Ducati rider showed some impressive pace all weekend, and was rewarded for his efforts with pole position at Sachsenring.
However, Quartararo got the far better start off the line, and Bagnaia found himself battling to keep up with the Frenchman in the first lap.
As the duo started the second lap, Bagnaia looked to set up a move heading into turn 1 but lost grip on his rear tyre, sending him barreling into the gravel trap around the corner.
The 25-year-old Italian was unable to finish the race, while Quartararo put on a dominant display to win his third race of the season. Bagnaia now sits sixth in the championship on 81 points, level with Ducati teammate Jack Miller.
Following his crash, Bagnaia was visibly frustrated and confused, and the Italian was still at a loss when it came to explaining what happened this week.
"It's impossible to understand from the data," said Bagnaia.
"But the only thing that I tried to… I tried to be more critical and thinking more about what happened.
"And the only thing that came out was that [being] more on the limit like this, it's easier to crash.
"So, from the data you can't see anything. So, this was the only thing that came out from that crash.
"After the Le Mans crash I was the first one to go to my box and say sorry to all my team, because it was my mistake.
"But after this crash, it's so different that to understand why I crashed on Monday I spent the day trying to think on that, trying to understand why. But there's no answer for it."
To add to the confusion, Bagnaia insisted he felt confident in the bike in previous laps, but did admit he'd likely be more cautious on his return to Germany next year.
"I felt great all the laps before," Bagnaia added. For sure, it wasn't the best grip ever, but more or less it's always like this.
"So, I was already used to it. Probably next year at Sachsenring in Turn 1 I will go in a bit more calm."
The Italian will look to redeem his DNF this weekend at TT Assen, the iconic Grand Prix in the Netherlands.
The race is scheduled to start on Sunday, June 26 at 13:00 BST.