Andrea Iannone admits he is in the midst of a 'very bad' situation after he wiped out his factory Ducati team-mate Andrea Iannone in Argentina, blowing a certain double podium for the Italian manufacturer.
Iannone appeared to make a lunge up the inside of Dovi in an attempt to snatch second place on the final lap at the last corners, losing the front of his GP15 and taking both riders down.
Race Direction imposed a three-place grid penalty on Iannone for this weekend's Austin round plus a penalty point as a result of the incident.
However, the Italian claimed in the pre-race press conference at the Circuit of the Americas on Thursday that he wasn't trying to put a pass on Dovizioso, explaining that he was merely trying to pre-empt a final attack from Valentino Rossi, who was lying behind in third place.
“It's been a very bad start to the season and the first race is very bad, it's incredible. So I think the better way is looking forward and focus one hundred per-cent to improve the situation and it's very important for us,” said Iannone.
“After the second race this situation is very bad for everybody, it's my mistake and it's very difficult because it is my team-mate and we go down, so it's very difficult for me especially.”
Providing his explanation of the incident in Argentina, Iannone said: “For me, it is very important to stay on the podium and I have third position; after the first race this is really good but I know that I have Vale [Rossi] on the rear and I think Vale try to pass me on the last corner and I think I tried to stay a little bit more inside on the corner.
“But I touched the dirty track and it's very difficult because I close the front and I crash and unfortunately also Dovi. So it's a very difficult moment for us but for sure we will try to improve.”
Asked if he felt his error could prove to have a detrimental impact on his future as a factory Ducati rider, Iannone said he preferred to focus on this weekend's third round of the MotoGP World Championship.
“I hope not, but at the moment I think on the future,” he said. For me, the future is now because after this race it is very important for me to finish the race in a really good way and in a really good position because we have a lot of good potential to fight with the best riders and best bikes – this is my priority at the moment.”