“Unforgettable day” for home hero Iannone

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Monday, 7 June 2010

Victory in his home GP at Mugello from pole position capped a superb weekend for the Moto2 rider of the Fimmco Speed Up team.

Andrea Iannone’s strength throughout the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM delivered the 20 year-old Italian victory in front of his home crowd over the weekend, as he took a commanding win from pole position to delight the Mugello crowd.

Having qualified in pole position Iannone was supremely quick off the starting grid, setting the fastest lap of the race on lap two. That helped him race clear of the battle for second place that unfolded further back and he built up a lead that grew to just over seven seconds shortly after the halfway point of the race.

“This was a difficult race, but also a great one. It’s incredible to start from the pole position and to win here in Mugello. I’ll never forget this day,” said Iannone, who eventually crossed the line 2.754s clear of the remainder of the field.

His pole, fastest race lap and victory were also something he had experienced before in the 125cc class in one of his four eighth-litre wins before moving up to Moto2. “It’s the second time in my career that I managed to get the pole, set the fastest time in the race and win the GP. This was possible thanks to my bike, which worked amazingly today: I had a great feeling,” Iannone stated.

The result lifted Iannone to fifth place where he now has 38 points after fourth at Le Mans and victory in Italy. “I hope the Championship will go on with results as good as the ones of the last two races,” he added. “I want to thank my team, the mechanics, my chief mechanic and the ones that work with me: their commitment made this possible.”

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