Max Neukirchner suffered appalling fortune at Valencia on Sunday, when the Alstare Suzuki rider was taken down within sight of his first World Superbike victory.
As if that wasn't enough, Max suffered a broken collarbone in the incident - forcing his withdraw from race two, which he should have started from the front courtesy of his debut pole position.
The young German had been on fire all weekend at Valencia and was tipped to collect a second ever WSBK
podium - at the very least - during Sunday's pair of races.
Neukirchner's only previous WSBK
podium came in only his second event, at Phillip Island in 2005, after which he had been robbed of any momentum by a huge accident - and hand fracture - next time out… at Valencia.
Three years on and Max looked set to put all that behind him as he confidently pulled clear of the opposition during race one at the Spanish circuit - and held a four second advantaged by the time home hero Carlos Checa
reached the runner-up position, on lap 14 of 23.
But the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider, spurred on by the Spanish fans, refused to give up on his own debut WSBK
victory - and had closed to within one second of Neukirchner as the last lap began.
Checa, a former 500cc race winner, was soon locked onto Neukirchner's rear wheel, but the German held firm and Checa's only hope of victory was a 'do-or-die' going into the final turn…
Carlos duly dived up the inside on the entry to the awkward off-camber left hander, and put the nose of his Fireblade narrowly ahead, but asked too much of his front tyre, which promptly folded - bringing both riders down.
The pair tumbled to a halt in the nearby gravel, whereupon Checa sprung to his feet and salvaged fifth position, but Neukirchner - who was momentarily trapped under his machine - never reached the flag.