For the second race in a row MotoGP rookie Cal Crutchlow pitted with front-end problems during Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, forcing him to abandon a solid points finish.
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider was part of an entertaining fight for sixth place when he decided that the front-end problems meant a risk of an accident on his freshly broken collarbone was too great.
Crutchlow left the race at the end of lap 6 and, unlike at Assen, didn't rejoin, although with all other (15) riders finishing, the Englishman would not have scored a point.
“Right from the first lap I didn't have any confidence or feeling with the front-end and I kept running wide. I just didn't want to crash with the Silverstone shoulder injury at the back of my mind, so I felt the safest option was to pull into the pits," said Crutchlow.
"I was in that battle fighting for sixth place and the last thing I want to do is not fight, but I felt like I'd reached my limit."
Team manager Herve Poncharal said he expected Crutchlow to stay out.
“Our riders took the soft rear and hard front tyres. The start was not so bad and I think they were having a good race until Cal came into the pits," said the Frenchman.
"This is the second time in successive races that he has stopped and in Assen we could clearly see there was a problem. But his tyre choice was the same as Colin, so I would have expected him to stay out considering where he was in the race.
"And he needs experience of the bike and this track, so we'll put today behind us and hope to see him showing his true potential in Germany.
"Colin did not have the ideal set up because of the changing conditions and he still finished ninth and got some points and that is important, so he did a fantastic job in difficult circumstances."
Writing on his Twitter page (@calcrutchlow), Crutchlow defended his decision further:
"Really sorry to team and everyone for pulling in but when you are going to crash you have to sometimes be realistic. I had no feeling in front and was wide in every corner.
"The bike is just not working with hot track temperature but we knew this and it hasn't been fixed.
"All I can do is my best and we have to work from here. I've never pulled in in my career. I'm pissed off."