Andrea Iannone claimed a career best sixth place in Sunday's Argentina MotoGP, crossing the line as the top Ducati in a race that saw him running second in the early stages.

However, as in Austin two weeks' ago, the young Italian lost ground in the later in the race due to tyre wear, but was still able to comfortably beat his previous MotoGP best of eighth place in his rookie 2013 season.

"I'm very happy. I pushed hard from the start and I was going to stay in the leading group, but unfortunately, between the eighth and the tenth lap I was forced to slow down due to the decay of the tyres," said Iannone.

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"But I'm first Ducati. I pushed hard to follow the Factory Yamahas and Hondas. It wasn't possible for the full distance but I had a good feeling."

With Ducati racing with the Open class tyres, Iannone did not have access to the hard rear tyre used by the five riders ahead of him.

"I don't know if the hard rear would have helped me. It's possible because my pace was good for the first half of the race but then the rear grip dropped."

Team-mate Yonny Hernandez, the first Colombian to compete in a South American premier-class grand prix, rode to twelfth place.

"I'm happy with the todays result, I fought again for the top ten," he said. "In the last laps of the race I suffered the decay of the tyres losing two positions.

"I've felt the support from my fans here in Argentina and I want to thank them all. Thanks to the team and in particular to Francesco and Giacomo Guidotti who are helping me to get better and better."