Andrea Iannone followed up the best ever qualifying performance by a satellite Ducati rider by leading his home Italian MotoGP at Mugello on Sunday.

Starting second on the grid - the best start by any Ducati rider since Casey Stoner in 2010 - Pramac's Iannone made good use a soft rear tyre to lead through the opening corners of the race.

By the end of lap two only Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo had found a way past, with eventual winner Marc Marquez and home star Valentino Rossi then getting the better of Iannone on successive laps.

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Iannone was able to offer much tougher resistance to Marquez's Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, repassing the Spaniard during the middle stages.

However Iannone's rear tyre then began to fade and he dropped from fourth to seventh, having been overtaken by Factory Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso on the final lap.

"It was a great race for me," said Iannone. "I'm happy to have done the first laps in the top positions in front of my fans.

"It was very difficult in the last seven laps because I chose the soft rear tyre, which began to slide and I lost acceleration.

"But I'm happy with my performance and that I was able to challenge Marc, Vale and Dani a little bit."

Iannone, in his second season of MotoGP, claimed a premier-class best of sixth at Argentina this year.