Chris Burns' debut MotoGP season has ended early after the Brit broke his collarbone, again, in a free practice fall at Valencia this morning.

"I am gutted, it's been an absolutely disastrous season for me and now it's all over," sighed Burns. "I was coming out of the corner onto the straight, the bike was upright and feeling good, no sliding or spinning in the wet conditions. I gassed it up a bit and I was thrown off and ended up breaking my collarbone, the same break that I had in Donington this year.

"Its happened now, I just have to deal with it and hope that David does well this weekend for our team," he added.

"Chris has had brilliant luck this year it was bound to run out eventually... NOT," stated team manager Peter Clifford. "It's bad for him to miss the last race of the Season."

David de Gea at least gave the team a small reason to smile: he finished the first qualifying session 22nd, ahead of Aprilia's Noriyuki Haga.