Michael Laverty missed out on the points as he finished in a disappointing 16th place in the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Starting 17th on the grid in only his second MotoGP race, the Toomebridge rider struggled on the opening laps and ended up running in 24th place.
Laverty managed to manoeuvre his Paul Bird CRT machine through the field to eventually come home in 16th.
And while he will be disappointed not to have ended up higher, he at least finished one place better off than in the opening race in Qatar.
The race was won by Marc Marquez, who became the youngest ever winner in MotoGP.
The inexperienced Spaniard had already become the youngest pole-sitter in the history of the sport and completed the set following an accomplished ride on just his second outing in motorcycling's premier racing series.
The only blot for Marquez was his failure to hold his lead off the start but after passing team-mate Dani Pedrosa with nine laps remaining the final result rarely looked in doubt.
Pedrosa (27) was graceful in defeat as he came home in second, while Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo held off a spirited display by Britain's Cal Crutchlow to take the final podium place.
"It's unbeliveable. My first victory in MotoSP is a dream come true, especially as the race was quite hard," Marquez, the reigning Moto2 champion said.
"I chose the best tyre [combination] but I want to say thanks to everyone who helped me to this moment."