Australian Remy Gardner could not hide his disappointment after crashing out while battling for the Moto2™ lead at the Austrian GP.
Gardner looked set for a podium finish, and potential maiden win, before a small mistake with six laps to go saw the SAG Racing Team rider run wide on Turn 1 and clip championship leader Alex Marquez on re-entry.
The incident caused Gardner to fall, with the 21-year-old sat alone in the middle of the track – as his bike slid away – before escaping relatively unharmed.
Gardner, who started from P9, made an immediate impact off the line to join the leading pack.
He made a stunning move on three riders to take second place but was unable to reel in Brad Binder, who went on to win the race ahead of Alex Marquez and Jorge Navarro.
“We did everything perfect this weekend,” an emotional Gardner told Fox Sports.
“Friday we were a little bit off the pace, and we just worked so well throughout the weekend and did everything perfect, the start was amazing, I really just had the eye of the tiger today.
“In the next two or three laps I was going to pass Brad and just go for it.
“I lift the bike up a little bit, went a little bit wide, not out of bounds or anything, (Enea) Bastianini passed me, as I came back Marquez came out.”
Gardner returns to racing at Silverstone on 23-25 August.
MOTO2™ CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1. Alex MARQUEZ (181 points)
2. Thomas LUTHI (138)
3. Jorge NAVARRO (126)
4. Augusto FERNANDEZ (121)
5. Lorenzo BALDASSARRI (115)
6. Marcel SCHROTTER (114)
7. Brad BINDER (109)
8. Luca MARINI (101)
9. Enea BASTIANINI (74)
10. Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO (59)
12. Remy GARDNER (44)