Marco Simoncelli heads for home Italian Grand prix at Mugello this weekend under greater pressure than ever to claim a first podium finish and relieve the growing weight on his shoulders.
A top-two qualifier at the last five races, including two poles, the Italian has crashed and/or collided with another rider in five of the seven races this season.
The first collision, which resulted in a broken collarbone for Dani Pedrosa at Le Mans, saw Simoncelli stay on two-wheels but receive a ride-through penalty.
Last Saturday's Assen accident - which occurred when Simoncelli was caught-out by a cold tyre at the first left hand turn on the circuit - resulted in reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo being brought down with him.
Simoncelli, who rejoined to finish ninth, considers the Assen mistake to have been his biggest of the year.
"My first reaction when I came into the box after the race, as well as bitterness and disappointment, was that I had been a fool because I could have waited," said 'Super Sic'. "I made a mistake and it cost me dearly as well as involuntarily taking Lorenzo down too.
"I was sorry for him but more than that I am was for myself because I had thrown away a big opportunity. It was probably my biggest mistake of the season, I have reflected a lot on it and it will help me to grow."
Simoncelli's San Carlo Honda Gresini Team has also reflected on the accident, and feels that they also contributed indirectly to the incident due to ' confusion on the grid over which setting to opt for - wet or dry - which unsettled Marco'.
Team manager and former racer Fausto Gresini also considers Simoncelli accident to have been his first mistake of the season.
“Marco made a mistake, maybe his first one of the season, but as a team we are all responsible because we didn't create the right mindset for him on the starting grid," explained Gresini.