Ducati rider Andrea Iannone believes that he had a good chance of winning the MotoGP season opener in Qatar on Sunday had he not crashed.
Reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo triumphed at the Losail International Circuit, but Iannone initially hit the front on the second lap before tussling with team-mate Andrea Dovizioso for the lead.
However, Iannone’s race came to an end on the fifth lap when he lost control of his bike when went white onto a white line and crashed at Turn 13.
Had he not crashed, Iannone firmly believes that he would have given Lorenzo a run for his money.
“I am very disappointed, because we had a really good pace. From the beginning I pushed very hard, I was riding very sweet," he told the media after the event,” he told reporters. “But when I take a different line and touch the white line, I go down. It’s very strange, because usually the white line has grip but this time it’s very slippery.
“For sure I’m not very happy because the pace was really strong – it’s difficult to accept because I’m sure it was possible to fight with Jorge.”
Rather than dwell on his crash, Iannone is taking a positive approach heading into the second race in Argentina as he knows that he is capable of being a force to be reckoned with.
“Next time we try another time – in another way, it’s positive because we have a good possibility to fight at the top in every race, and for sure this is my objective,” he said.