An early crash out of third place extended Stefan Bradl’s search for a maiden podium in his hugely impressive debut MotoGP campaign.
The German had just grabbed third place from American Ben Spies on lap four when he lost the front of his LCR Honda RC213V a lap later.
The reigning Moto2 world champion walked away unhurt but it was another promising race that ended in disappointment for Bradl, who was counting the cost of a front tyre issue in Misano last month for denying him the chance to fight for a first premier class rostrum.
Bradl said: “It’s difficult to find the right words for me because we are all very disappointed but this is racing. My feeling out there was very good. I made a good start and good first laps.
"I felt very comfortable braking and then I noticed I could go as fast as guys like Spies and Crutchlow, so I wanted to push immediately because I knew that the rear tyre would have dropped towards the end of the race.
"I overtook Spies but then I lost the front in Turn 3. Maybe I was a bit too aggressive and I am sorry to my team.”
For exclusive coverage of the Motorland Aragon MotoGP and Silverstone BSB race, see the October 3 issue of Motor Cycle News.