Luca Scassa's hopes of turning his breakthrough qualifying performance into a similarly strong result at Brno were scuppered by a race one crash, one that also ruled him out of action for the second.
The Italian has become a surprise front runner on the Supersonic Ducati following two strong top ten finishes in the USA and at Misano, Scassa going on to suggest he was destined for even better at Brno when he qualified a career-best sixth.
However, whilst challenging for a top five finish Scassa was pitched him into a high-side, an accident that has left him with a fracture in his third and fourth metatarsals.
A disappointing end to a promising weekend, Scassa is nonetheless confident he will be back on the bike in time for the next round at Silverstone.
“I'm extremely disappointed; obviously I couldn't be otherwise after our good performance in qualifying, but these things happen. I don't think I oversteered at that moment, but when I lost the rear end all I could do was try to limit the damage whilst hoping against hope to remain on the bike. I felt immediately that it was a heavy hit, and the pain confirmed that something was broken.
“In 2009, I fractured my first and second metatarsals, this time the third and fourth, so it's not too serious but it's certainly annoying. I hope I'll be back to full fitness for Silverstone. Thank you to everyone for your incredible support this weekend.”