Andrea Iannone believes that he had a chance to win Sunday’s race at Mugello had he not made a dismal start.
The Ducati rider began the race on the front row, but was slow off the line and found himself in 12th place by the end of the first lap.
While he bounced back from his sluggish start to finish in third, Iannone felt that his slow start cost him the chance to win his maiden MotoGP race.
“I’m very happy because it’s very important for us, especially in this place,” Iannone told reporters. “I’m very disappointed about my start, it was very bad and after the first lap I was in 12th.
“After three or four laps, step-by-step I improved my pace and I’m very happy for this because, in the last lap, I got my best lap of 1m46.6s, and it is very important for us.
“For sure we had a good possibility to fight for the victory, and this for me is very important. I wanted it, but for sure we try in the next race.”
It’s not the first time that the 26-year-old, who will be joining Suzuki next season, has struggled with his starts this season, and he believes that the issue is related to his clutch, despite Ducati’s efforts to resolve the issue.
“In general this year in every race my start is very bad, I don’t have a good feeling with the clutch,” he said. “We have been trying to adjust this problem and change the setting of the clutch, my team works a lot to improve the situation but for me it’s always very difficult.
“This weekend I had a little bit more tranquility because before the weekend I tried the start and it went well, but in the race it did not, unfortunately.”