Bryan Staring admits his confidence took a dent following a difficult weekend compounded by a DNF.
Australia’s sole MotoGP campaigner Bryan Staring was left to rue a momentary lapse in concentration that led to a crash in the closing stages of the German Grand Prix.
Staring had been eager to end his weekend on a positive note after his progress had been slowed by three previous crashes, the most recent of which left him to manage considerable pain in his left foot after a heavy get-off at the tricky turn four.
The GO&FUN Gresini rider qualified his machine in 22nd and had been aiming for a safe and productive race before he found himself being shown the blue flag as the leaders approached in the final laps.
Staring observed the direction and allowed the riders to pass unhindered, though his showing of sportsmanship would ultimately see him caught out of rhythm in the run to the first corner.
“My confidence is on the floor right now,” said Staring, post-race. “Four crashes in a weekend is four too many and the one in the race was particularly stupid.
“I was letting the front three lap me and lost concentration going into turn one and ended up crashing. I am really sorry to the team, who are doing so much to help me.
“I’m so disappointed not to have finished the race, it was really the only objective. To crash out of position 19 with two laps to go is inexcusable.”
The final crash compounded a difficult weekend for the Aussie who is charged with developing the team’s production-based machine all the while learning the nuances of a new set of circuits.
“I still have to stay positive and back my ability,” added Staring. “We’ll keep working forward. We’ll keep the throttle open and see how we go.”
Staring issued a brief but succinct tweet on the evening of the race, indicating he would continue to push for results and progress: ‘Sometimes you have to suffer the bad wkends [sic] to appreciate the good ones. Thanks for everybody’s concern, I’m sore but ok. #fighton’
Team principal Fausto Gresini admitted to being disappointed by the team’s overall run of results in Germany and hoped the upcoming Laguna Seca event would herald a reversal in fortunes.
Staring has not ridden at either of the upcoming US circuits but says this is only a minor factor amongst the many he has to consider.