Jorge Lorenzo concedes that he is not yet in a position to fight for podiums and race victories with Ducati after a disappointing P11 in Qatar.
With qualifying on Saturday night rained out, Lorenzo began Sunday's delayed 20-lap race from P12 on the grid.
The former World Champion lost positions when he ran off the track at Turn 4 but recovered to run as high as ninth before losing positions in the closing laps.
His race was in sharp contrast to that of his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso who battled the Yamahas for the race win, eventually finishing P2.
Lorenzo admits he was just too slow on the night to mimic his team-mate's efforts.
“The start was very good, I was behind [Dani] Pedrosa and Valentino [Rossi],” he said. “Probably without this [off] in the fourth corner I could stay with them at the beginning until the middle of the race.
“For sure I was not able to keep the same pace all the race because when I started dropping the rear [tyre], I was not able to stay in the 1m56s.
“But at the beginning, I struggled so much to stay in the 1m56s – I was in 1m58s, 1m57s – but little by little with warmer tyres I was going to this time.
“I did five or six laps in this lap time, very close and almost faster than the top guys. But in a lot of moments in the race, I was too slow to finish closer.
“Conditions don’t help, but to be honest I’m still not prepared to fight for something big.”
Lorenzo, though, feels his P11 on the night was worse than his genuine pace.
“I think today we were worse than we are," he added. "We are not so bad. I tried to do the best, but sometimes the best is bad.
“I didn’t do a good race, because of some mistakes, some bad feelings. You always try to do the best, and today the best gives me this 11th position, 20 seconds from the win.”