Andrea Iannone finished in a stunning sixth place at Jerez despite making a mistake at the start, which effectively hampered his entire race.
Iannone, who started from the front row after qualifying third on the grid on Saturday, inserted the ‘wet’ mapping by mistake a few seconds before the start, and as a result his race performance was undermined as the electronic management of his Desmosedici GP15 did not function optimally.
In spite of this handicap, the Italian then produced a good run to the flag, recovering well after a bad start to move up from eleventh to sixth, and eventually finishing just four-tenths away from Pol Espargarò in fifth place.
Iannone said: “For sure today’s race was very difficult for me, because I made an error that cost me very dear, one that I should have avoided. Unfortunately at the start I switched on the mapping for wet conditions instead of launch control, and as a result had to do the whole race with ‘wet’ set-up because the procedure to return to dry settings is very complicated. I tried to get the best result possible in these conditions, but we could certainly have scored a better result here at Jerez and so I feel very sorry for my team, which worked really well this weekend. In any case we can’t make any excuses, and starting from Le Mans I will try and make up for this weekend with all the guys in my team and Ducati by scoring some good results in the next few races.”