Michel Fabrizio's World Superbike Championship season went from bad to worse at Magny-Cours as two crashes left him with just three points for his troubles.
The Italian is enduring a dismal second half of the season aboard the Suzuki Alstare having failed to score at the Nurburgring and Imola, but his struggles continued in France when he crashed out of a top ten finish in race one before falling again just two laps into the second race,
Fortunately for Fabrizio, the high attrition rate of the first race allowed him to get going again and score three crucial points, but it means he is slumped to tenth in the standings and is just three points from being overhauled by Joan Lascorz in 11th.
"Frustrating and disappointing - that's what the whole weekend has been for me really. We did manage to improve the bike a bit during this morning's warm-up, but getting good results starting from the fourth-row-of-the grid was always going to be hard. The grip was definitely a bit better - thanks to the changes the team made - and I felt more-comfortable than yesterday or Friday.
"I didn't make a particularly-good start and found myself battling with Sykes after the halfway mark. I could see that he was having some tyre problems and thought I could pass him. I made my move to pass him going into Chateau D'Eau, but he went in a bit slow and I just clipped his rear end and crashed. I got back on the bike and carried on, but it was a pretty lonely ride.
"I was hoping for better luck in race two, but I didn't get it. After two laps, I lost the front at turn seven and down I went. It happened so quickly I couldn't do anything about it. This time, I couldn't rejoin the race.
"I feel frustrated and disappointed. The last four rounds have not been good for me and that's a big shame because things had gone reasonably well before then. My podium in May now seems a long time ago, but the funny thing is that I believe that I can get on the podium again.
“But first I have to qualify well in Superpole and give myself a chance. There is only one round - and two races - remaining and I do not want to end the season continuing this recent run of poor results. I will do everything I can to do better in Portimao and end the season on an up."