Ben Spies feels he missed out on the chance of victory in front of his home fans at Indianapolis after an engine blow became the latest set-back in what is proving to be an increasingly desperate season for the American.
Coming into the weekend languishing tenth in the overall standings having failed to make it onto the podium all season, Spies was nonetheless looking good to crack the top three at Indianapolis for the third year in a row after a strong showing in morning warm-up.
His bid was strengthened further when a good start had him into the lead through the opening bends and even when Dani Pedrosa powered through on lap four, Spies was able to maintain close contact with the Repsol Honda rider.
However, in a year that has already seen Spies struggle with tyre problems, illness and technical woes on race day, a spectacular engine blow would be added to his growing list of dismal luck.
Almost certainly preventing him from making it onto the podium, Spies even goes as far to say it could have stopped him from scoring a much-desired win.
“We are unfortunate again,” he said. “We had a big crash yesterday and I honestly didn't know if I could ride at 100% today. I got a lot of sleep and great physio from the clinic guys who did an amazing job.
“We got off to a good start and felt great and when Dani passed me I could see he was using the rear tyre more than I was so the plan was to let him get a maximum three seconds ahead and start reeling him back in at the end.
“As soon as he passed me the bike started to slow down, I wasn't sure what was happening then all of a sudden it blew up so I tried to get off the line as quickly as possible. I'm disappointed not just for me but for the team, I think we definitely had second place and possibly the win.”
Spies is currently seeing out his Yamaha contract having already confirmed he won't be riding for the manufacturer in 2013. Rumours suggest he will either return to the World Superbike Championship with BMW or head up development of Suzuki's mooted return to MotoGP in 2014.