Michel Fabrizio was left distraught at the end of the second World Superbike Championship race at Assen after a gear selection problem cost him a podium finish.

Following a disappointing ninth place finish in the first race, Fabrizio showed a significant upturn in speed during the second race, muscling his way up to second position before embarking on an entertaining dual with Leon Haslam.

Although Haslam would eventually find his way through, Fabrizio was still heading for a podium when an intermittent gear selection problem struck on the final lap, slowing him down enough to be overtaken by Jakub Smrz and dropping to fourth.

While he accepts it was better to hit problems on the final lap rather than the first, Fabrizio was still frustrated to see a podium finish snatched away from him so close to the chequered flag.

"I am of course very disappointed as I did my utmost to be on the podium here today," he said. "I had to grit my teeth in both of today's races as I was once again having problems with my forearm.

"In the last few laps I was having trouble changing gear and this then forced me to slow in the last lap, which meant that Smrz passed me at the final corner. I guess that, looking on the positive side, it's a good thing it happened at the end of the last lap because at least I was able to finish the race and take important points.

"These things happen and we look ahead to Monza. After recent testing there I'm sure my team will work hard to give me a winning bike for the next round and I hope to be able to celebrate a win with them there."


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