Andrea Iannone produced his best MotoGP performance to date in Sunday's Austin round, holding a debut podium place for over 70% of the race.

However the Pramac rider, starting his second season in the premier class, then fell victim to the front tyre problems that plagued many riders and was relegated to seventh.

"This is my first good race in MotoGP after a difficult year for Ducati, we are getting stronger!" he said.

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"I had a good start and the first part of the race was very good for me. I pushed very hard and I thought it would be possible to be fast for all the race, but then I have problems with the front tyre. It was destroyed.

"It was very important for me to not crash and finish this race so I went more slow because it was very, very dangerous

"I think in Qatar I also had a possibility to do a good race because my pace was not so bad. But anyway now I'm already thinking about Argentina because the Ducati now is more competitive. I want to push very hard in every race and do my best."

Compatriot and factory rider Andrea Dovizioso ultimately took over third position at Austin, claiming Ducati's first podium since 2012 in the process.

"I haven't compared data with Dovi or Cal this year," multiple Moto2 race winner Iannone revealed. "Since the middle of last year I've just gone my own way."

Fellow Italian Valentino Rossi, who spent much of the first half of the race trying to chase down Iannone, stated: "Iannone had a good race and it was a pity for him that he finished the tyre. I would have been happy for him to make a good result."