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Iannone also suffered pain during race

Iannone also suffered pain during race

After Ben Spies revealed that he had suffered chest pains over the Texas weekend, teammate Andrea Iannone has admitted that he was also uncomfortable during Sunday’s 21-lap race.

The Energy T.I. Pramac Racing rider fought to tenth position, marking his second MotoGP™ top ten finish in as many race starts, but the Italian is fully aware that even more was possible.

"We improved a lot today," he reported after the race, in which he crossed the final line just over eight seconds behind Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden. "Yesterday I wasn’t competitive at all and I couldn’t take full advantage of qualifying. It was a shame because if I had managed to start further ahead, maybe it would’ve been more enjoyable, although I think it still would’ve ended the same as I started losing a lot of strength in my right arm after a few laps.

"Seven laps in, I started to feel really bad, and I had to conserve my strength. It was very difficult and unfortunately I couldn’t control the bike.

"Anyway, it was still a good race; I was more aggressive and confident right away and I was even able to stay ahead of Nicky for a little while, which is really good for me. I learned a lot of things that will be useful in the future."

2013 sees the 23-year-old from Vasto, on the Adriatic coast of southern Abruzzo in Italy, making his MotoGP™ class debut after finishing third over the last three years of Moto2™.

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