Riding despite a freshly broken collarbone, Moto2 champion Tito Rabat looked to have snatched a dream podium finish in Germany - then this happened.

The Marc VDS rider passed Franco Morbidelli at the penultimate turn, with the Italian then losing the front as he tried to retaliate under braking for the final corner.

Morbidelli's bike slammed into Rabat, sending both riders bouncing through the gravel trap.

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"I caught Morbidelli, passed him for third and was lining myself up to get the best drive out of the final turn when he crashed and took me with him," Rabat confirmed.

Amazingly, Rabat's recently fractured right collarbone was undamaged in the incident, although the impact loosened two of the screws that were inserted just seven days ago.

"It's a shame because Tito rode such a great race, only to lose out on a podium finish because of another rider's mistake," said team principal Michael Bartholemy. "He has impressed me once again this weekend; I know his injured shoulder is painful, but he's ridden with the same determination as always and not allowed it to slow him down at all.

"Today he rode a clever race; conserving his strength until the final stages and then finding a way past Morbidelli on the final lap. The last lap was always going to be a battle, but he took third place with a clean pass only to fall victim to an overambitious move in the final corner."

While the physical damage could have been much worse, the harm to Rabat's title hopes was severe. Main rival Johann Zarco finished in second place and has now pulled 65 points clear of Rabat at the midway stage of the season.