Ben Watson did his best to collect points at the MXGP of Spain, despite an ankle injury suffered one round earlier.
Watson got a great start out of the gate and held 12th place in the opening seven or eight laps of the first race, but his efforts were not helped after twisting his injured ankle. He started to drop back, but the brave Brit pushed through the pain for two points at the chequers.
That uncomfortable dab meant he would not line up for the second points-paying moto.
“I had a good start to the day,” said the 24-year-old. “After twisting my ankle last weekend, I tried not to ride too much in qualifying. I had a good feeling and managed to get a better lap time this weekend. Unfortunately, during race one, I put my foot down like usual and just re-tweaked my foot.
“I felt good, but of course, with only one week, it just wasn’t quite strong enough. We decided to miss the second moto in order not to make things worse and hopefully be able to go to Arco feeling myself again.”
With the first of an Arco triple-header awaiting him this weekend, with hindsight, the smart move would have been to duck the Spanish GP to have a better chance of competing well at the remaining rounds. Could it be the MXGP rookie is possibly feeling the pressure of an impressive Maxime Renaux moving up and snatching his seat away in 2022?
If that did happen, it would be an injustice on Ben. But how often does unfairness sway decisions in professional sport?
Many of his fans will feel – rightly so – Ben has done more than enough for a contract extension with the factory Yamaha team.