Iannone: "Ducati? Happiness and Responsibility"

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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Andrea Iannone spoke to motogp.com for the first time since news broke that next year he would be sharing the box with Ben Spies in MotoGP with the Pramac Racing Team.

It had been in the air for some time: his first ever Ducati ride on a Pramac bkie in 2011, the Ducati Factory test this year - the relationship between Andrea Iannone and Ducati has been growing throughout 2012, until the announcement yesterday confirming that the Abruzzi rider will be the second Italian after Andrea Dovizioso to defend the Ducati colours in 2013, albeit with the satellite Pramac Racing Team.

"MotoGP is a great thing for sure, but for me it is a starting point," said the number 29. "Ducati means so much happiness, but also a lot of responsibility: an Italian rider on an Italian bike creates expectations. I'll keep my feet on the ground; I know that I will have to learn for the first year. Many think that it is not a competitive bike, but my choice is an investment in the future and I hope to be rewarded."

An Italian on an Italian bike... The comparisons come fast to those who preceded him, without success. Iannone, however, is convinced by his choice: "I’ve faced a lot of challenges before arriving at Ducati. I think we can say that maybe for me it will be a bit easier because it is one of many: I have won and I have lost in the past, but I was convinced that I could win them all!"

And Valentino Rossi, one of those who preceded him, advised him to take that chance. "Valentino was also in agreement with my choice," said Iannone. "Also because I did not have too many options: either I was content with a satellite bike or chose this challenge, where I can work directly with the factory."

It will be a satellite bike, but just on the outside, with Ducati already announcing full support to the new line up. "I am honoured to receive technical support identical to that of Hayden and Dovizioso. I have the desire to demonstrate my ability to improve, and to go fast as soon as I understood how it all works."

Finally, talking about the first test and first impressions of the GP12... "The first test? It was a little like 'how to make love for the first time’. I did not expect it, but it was a great feeling. At Mugello we went strong enough, I had to deal with a lot of electronics, but so far it’s looking good."

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