Iannone: Victory was possible had I not crashed

Ducati rider Andrea Iannone believes that he could have triumphed at Le Mans on Sunday had he not crashed and been forced to retire. 

Iannone looked in excellent form during the race and had passed team-mate Andrea Dovizioso for second when he crashed on lap 11. 

The 26-year-old admitted that he was frustrated with how things ended as he was within touching distance of race winner Jorge Lorenzo and could have gone on to win his first race of the season. 

"I had a good feeling with the bike, I rode without difficulty, [didn't have to] push very hard to ride fast and I'm very happy for this," Iannone told reporters. "But when arrive on the race, everything is different and more difficult – not to ride fast, [but] to not crash.

"Sure… I think we had a very good potential for the podium. I don't know in 28 laps what [would] happen, but for sure, we – before the crash – have a very good pace. Why not? Sure, [it would be] a very great fight with Jorge, but I think we had this potential."

The Italian, who has now retired in three of five MotoGP races this season, was also at a loss of words to explain how he crashed. 

"I don't know what happened. Is very difficult to explain what happen in my crash because… from the beginning, I have a very good feeling with the bike and especially in the first three, four laps, I push more with the braking and with the front tyres and I don't have any problems," he said. "Is very strange, I think is very important to understand the situation with the team, with the engineers – the situation is very difficult for everybody."