Marco Simoncelli's nightmare run of race-day accidents and incidents continued in Sunday's British MotoGP, when he crashed out of a front-running position for the third time this year.

Add to that his ride-through penalty while second at Le Mans and the San Carlo Honda Gresini rider has only experienced two 'normal' races this season - and is still waiting for a first premier-class podium.

To make things even more frustrating, Simoncelli has qualified no lower than second for the past four rounds.

"I am completely distraught because it seems every week we line up ready for a top race and something happens to deny me," said the Italian, who crashed out on lap 11 of 20, while just behind second-placed Andrea Dovizioso.

"I had already had a moment in that corner so I tried to be more careful but the front closed and I found myself on the floor waving goodbye to the podium once again.

"I am gutted! I'll go home with my head down now but tomorrow I have to start looking forward to Assen with the hope that this bad run is over."

World champion Jorge Lorenzo had also crashed out of third, just a lap before Simoncelli. Team manager Fausto Gresini avoided criticising the #58 too much, but admits results are needed.

"It is a real shame to have missed the podium once again. I am sorry for Marco, for the team and for Honda. We have to stay calm and composed because the objective we set ourselves today is within our reach," said the former racer.

"We can't afford to throw any more points away now and even though we all know we have a great rider in our team we need some results to give everybody a boost of morale and confidence."

Simoncelli is now just eleventh in the world championship.