Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso has confirmed that he was forced to pull out of Sunday's Spanish MotoGP due to a water pump failure.
Dovizioso was in seventh place at the time water started to leak onto his rear wheel and had to retire on the tenth lap.
In an interview afterwards, Dovizioso confirmed he almost crashed when water went on his rear tyre.
“Water went on to the rear tyre and I almost crashed two times. I had to retire,” Dovizioso said. “In the last three races I've got zero points and for the championship, it's really, really bad.
“Looking at the positives, we didn't crash, which would have been easy and my feeling with the bike is good. I'm going to Le Mans with the same confidence, but we have to analyse this weekend.
“It was quite difficult for many reasons, especially for the rear tyre. On this track, our speed was less than the first three races. We will work on that. We knew when we came to Europe that the style of track was different so we have to work on that.”
In the MotoGP rider standings, Dovizioso is in 11th place on 23 points well behind Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez at the top with 82 points after four races.