The Tech 3 Moto2 team failed to get a rider to the finish for the second time in the three 2010 events after Yuki Takahashi and Raffaele de Rosa once again crashed out.
It's an especially frustrating situation for the Tech 3 team, which was hoping for a podium - and the chance of victory - from its home Le Mans round, whilst also seeking further race distance data to improve what is proving to be a competitive chassis.
Lead rider Yuki Takahashi, fourth in his only race finish of the season at Jerez, had qualified second on the grid for the French round, but was one of eleven riders to fall in the race - the Japanese sliding out of the lead group on lap five of 26.
“I am really disappointed because obviously we had high expectations of being able to fight for at least the podium and maybe even the victory,” said the former MotoGP rider. “I didn't make a very good start but I was able to quickly find a good pace and was closing on the leading group when I suddenly lost the front like in the first race in Qatar.
“Unfortunately it has cost me again and I am sorry to the team because this is their home race and we expected much more. The positive is that being second on the grid and pushing hard again close to the leading group proves that the Tech 3 bike has a lot of potential.”
“Today's race is a huge disappointment because we had really high hopes for Yuki,” admitted team manager Herve Poncharal. “He was almost on pole position and his race pace was really impressive. We were even dreaming that we might win our home race but it has been another bad result.”
Hopes that de Rosa would at least take his first points of the year ended shortly after when the Italian highsided from eleventh place.
“Today was a big disappointment because I'm sure I could have fought for the top ten,” he said. “We improved the bike in the warm-up session and the bike felt much better. It gave me the confidence to fight on the brakes with the other riders and in the first few laps I was able to make some good overtakes.
“Unfortunately on the exit of the fifth corner I lost the rear and couldn't recover. It is a pity because the team have done a great job all weekend. They have worked hard and given me a bike that made me feel much more confident and comfortable on. I am convinced that with the improvements we have made I will be able to fight for a strong finish in my home race at Mugello.”
“Our bike obviously has a lot of potential but we need to understand that we have to finish the race to show it,” said Poncharal. “We have to put this weekend behind us and try and come back stronger in Mugello.”