Andrea Iannone needed the third place finish in Texas. It may not have served to cancel the ghosts of Rio Hondo, but a fast rider always needs confirmation.
"Yes, I needed it, because in the first two races I was always up front, in practice and in the race, with the fastest guys, but I wasn't lucky. Let's say that the unluckiest thing was to have an incident with my team-mate. Then we talked of course and Dovi is an intelligent guy. Ok, I made a mistake but what can we do?".
In fact, a mistake: it seems that they are easier to make this year. The reason? The idea that Michelin is to blame is not convincing, even though the many changes in regulation, all at once, have surely had an effect.
"Yes, that's the issue: many things have changed and when you're racing you don't have time to think, you react instinctively. We were used to certain tyres, certain electronics and in the race when you're forced to make a split decision, you let instinct guide you. You're focused, you have to modify your reaction but you improvise, as you are used to doing: and then you make a mistake. This explains the many crashes".
But it's important to understand what's causing the problem.
"It's easy to explain: with the Bridgestones you'd brake a lot with the front tyre, with the Michelins its with the rear. That's the secret, even if the automisms haven't come yet. It will take a little time, for everyone".
Things get underway again at Jerez next week, and seeing as market negotiations are already in full swing, we have to ask Iannone how things are with Ducati ahead of the next European round.
"With Ducati the conversation is always open, I have a great relationship with Gigi, with everyone. Last year at Jerez I started on the front row but then messed up the race start, inserting the wet mapping, do you remember? OK, enough mistakes now".