This past weekend's Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix was not a good one for MotoGP's Ducati Team with both Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso failing to finish the race.
Having started from sixth on the grid, Iannone was forced to pull out with a technical issue after a stone made a hole in his radiator early on.
Having looked very competitive earlier this season, Iannone has been forced to retire twice in races recently and has dropped to fifth in the standings, two behind Honda's Dani Pedrosa, as a result.
The final round of the year in Valencia in two weeks time will be a winner-takes-all scenario for them fighting for fourth place in the standings.
In an interview Motogp.com, Iannone said he was disappointed with not being able to finish a grand prix for the second time this season but was hoping for good things at Valencia in a fortnight's time.
"I'm really disappointed because for the second time this season I had a problem with the bike at an important moment for me, seeing as I am fighting for fourth place in the championship," the Italian said.
"Here there was a chance of doing a good race because in the warm-up the bike was going well. Probably at the start a rider ahead of me threw up a stone which hit and holed the radiator.
"For sure it's not an ideal situation to go to Valencia two points down on Pedrosa. It will be tough to fight for fourth place, but that remains my goal and I will try my hardest to achieve it."