Marco Melandri's already slim hopes of challenging for the 2014 World Superbike Championship title are arguably over after his elimination from the second race at the hands of team-mate Sylvain Guintoli cast him 92 points adrift of the top.
Already on the back foot relative to his rivals after a difficult start to his tenure at Aprilia, two wins and two podiums in the last four races had sparked Melandri's hopes of a late charge towards the top spot.
However, a fourth place finish and a DNF in the two races at Portimao – the latter after being taken down by team-mate Guintoli – puts Melandri almost 'four races' adrift of Tom Sykes at the head of the standings.
Indeed, the Italian was particularly disappointed about failing to finish race two having felt quick enough to score a much-needed win.
“It is really a shame,” he said. “After almost making it onto the podium in race one I had the right pace to redeem myself in race two. Unfortunately it went as badly as it could and I'm sorry about that because I could have had a really good comeback.
“It was definitely a lost opportunity, but it is also confirmation of the fact that my team and I are continuing to work together with our sights set on the highest prize. We'll have a chance to redeem ourselves in the coming rounds.”
Guintoli later apologised
for the accident involving himself and Melandri.