Max Neukirchner has apologised to his fans after failing to complete a single race lap during the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Brno.
Neukirchner considers the Czech event to be a second home race for him having grown up a fairly short distance away in Eastern Germany, the Ten Kate Honda rider's army of fans choosing to make the trip to Brno rather than the Nurburgring every year.
However, Neukirchner would cover no more than half a lap over the course of the day when he was involved in a three bike pile-up in race one before coming together with Tom Sykes in race two.
Coming after Neukirchner, who has finished no higher than ninth this season, felt he had made progress on the bike, he was disappointed with the early conclusion to his weekend.
“I am really sorry for all my fans who made the trip down here from Germany. I felt like we'd made some progress during the wee kend and qualifying didn't go so bad.
“I got a difficult start in race one and then, in the first turn, someone just rode right across the front of my bike. I had to pull hard on the brake to avoid hitting them but I locked the front and that was it.
“In race two I got a better start but as we were into the double right-hander on the first lap I came together with someone else and that was the end of my weekend. It is very frustrating but I hope that we can build on the developments that we've made when we get to Silverstone for the next round.”