Andrea Dovizioso was left to salvage the best result he could after the Ducati rider ran into the gravel at the final turn on the second lap of the Jerez MotoGP.

Dovizioso dropped to the rear of the field as a result and was playing catch-up for the remainder of the race, eventually gaining a top ten finish in ninth place on the GP15.

The Italian explained that a problem with engine braking had caused him to run on and pointed out that he was fortunate to remain upright.

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"Unfortunately my position was not a positive one today. Also because this morning we improved a little bit my feeling with the bike and I believe our speed was good enough to fight maybe with [Cal] Crutchlow for fourth or fifth position," he said.

"But something happened on the second lap. We had a problem with the engine braking and I went off the track. Fortunately I didn't crash and I was able to gain some positions and get some points.

"The positive thing is that we are still second in the championship. Today wasn't the best for us but anyway I'm really happy to go to Mugello to test before the race in Le Mans, to work with Ducati to try some set-ups, and I believe Le Mans can be really good for our bike."

Dovizioso said he was unclear over the exact cause of the engine braking issue, which caused the rear wheel to lock up.

"Still we have to understand what happened. The engine braking didn't work in the right way and the rear locked completely. We have to analyse everything and fix for the future," he said.

"After I came back on the track everything was ok. It didn't happen again. I was in last place and I had to overtake many slower riders, losing a lot of time, and at the end I couldn't get any further up than ninth," he added.

"It's a pity, because even though the podium was out of reach for us today judging by the pace of the first three, I feel sure we could have scored some really good points."

The Ducati star - who remains in second place in the championship, 15 points behind Valentino Rossi - hopes to make some progress with tyre grip during Monday's test at Mugello in Italy.

"The first point will be the grip, to be faster but especially to be consistent for the whole race," he said.

"Also today when I fought with many different riders I saw that our grip is not the best in the first part of the traction area."