After saving a near highside on the artificial grass, early Aragon MotoGP race leader Andrea Iannone was then caught out by the real thing.

The Pramac rider, joining 2015 Factory team-mate Andrea Dovizioso in debuting the GP14.2 evolution Ducati, used his front row start to lead the first lap of the race.

The young Italian then began exchanging the position with world champion Marc Marquez on lap two, but disaster struck when he ran slightly wide.

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"I started well, battled with Marc and felt comfortable with my bike. Then unfortunately I crashed. I'm sorry for what happened because I could have fought for the podium," Iannone said.

"I took the same line as Marc but coming out of the corner I was a bit wider and went over the kerb where there is artificial grass. I was about to crash because of a highside but I managed to get the bike under control.

"But after that I was on the [real] grass at a very high speed without being able to use the brakes and I crashed. Now I want to think about the next race hoping to repeat or improve the result of qualifying and then close the weekend in beauty."

Use of artificial grass on the edge of the track was a major talking point after the race, with fellow Italian Valentino Rossi also suffering a heavy accident after running onto the astrotruf.

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Boy, doesn't that 14.2 look distinctly trashed?
Not much to salvage there.