The last time, prior to Sunday's Spanish MotoGP, that Andrea Dovizioso had taken part in a wet MotoGP race he been in been battling for a podium (before falling) during the 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

Third place for Dovizioso during wet morning warm-up at Jerez suggested another rostrum challenge in the afternoon, but the Repsol Honda rider was to be left bitterly disappointed.

Dovizioso struggled with grip problems almost from the start and, although fourth on the opening lap, had dropped all the way back to last place by lap 17 of 27.

It was at that point that the Italian dived into the pits to change his rear tyre, before rejoining to collect twelfth (and last) place for four world championship points.

Speaking afterwards, Dovi felt that an incorrect traction control setting was part, but not all, of the reason for his troubles.

"I am very disappointed with what happened," he began "We have to understand exactly the reason why, but I felt the rear tyre was not working properly, moreover the set up of the traction control was not perfect for today's situation and this made things worse.

"The traction control was too 'low', the bike was spinning a lot and the tyres overheated.

"With ten laps to go I felt it was dangerous to go ahead so I entered the pit lane to change tyre and finish the race to get some points.

"It was a real pity because we have always been competitive in the wet and today it could have been a good occasion to achieve a good result.

"In the warm up everything was fine and I had no issues," he confirmed.

Dovizioso's Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa finished in second place, but Casey Stoner was eliminated early on after a clash with Valentino Rossi.

Dovizioso is now seventh in the world championship after two of 18 rounds.

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