Sam Lowes's dreams of breaking his World Supersport victory duck have been put on hold after crashing out of the lead at a treacherous Assen.
The British rider has been a consistent front runner since making his WSS debut at the beginning of the 2011 season, but while he has now managed three pole positions, seven podiums and several stints in the lead of races, he is yet to stand atop the rostrum.
Even so, things looked positive for Lowes at Assen as he broke away into a fairly comfortable lead, but the slippery conditions would catch him out on lap six. Though he re-joined in 13th, another crash as a consequence of the damage sustained in the original fall would eventually consign him to the sidelines.
Though Fabien Foret's failure to score means the 14 point margin to the series leader remains stagnant, Lowes was disappointed to see his hopes of a first victory go wanting again.
"It was a difficult race," the Bogdanka PTR rider said. "After the start it was raining pretty hard so I took it steady but then it got better and I had speed and felt really good. Later on it started to rain again on parts of the track and because I was in front I didn't know what to expect.
“There was some standing water in some corners and I took it slower than on the lap before. I was completely off the throttle or brake but just aquaplaned round. I got going again but the bike was a bit damaged, the handlebar was moving, and in one of the slow corners I had my slowest crash ever and couldn't continue.
“I'm really sorry for the team and sponsors and can't wait to get to Monza and make up for this."