Iannone: ‘Sometimes it’s better to say no’

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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Andrea Iannone sat out of Sunday’s German Grand Prix, meaning the Italian missed a race for the first time since stepping up to the MotoGP™ premier class. This left Michele Pirro as the sole Pramac Racing bike in action at the Sachsenring.

Having previously injured a knee when he crashed out of the Jerez race in early May, Iannone would dislocate his right shoulder when he crashed in the final Sachsenring practice session on Saturday morning. Having missed qualifying, he then experienced a sleepless night on Saturday due to the pain he was suffering.

“It was really hard to not race here,” he admitted. “I really wanted to compete because I felt good, but it probably would’ve been a case of causing more damage than gaining satisfaction. Although it’s not easy, sometimes it’s better to say no.

“(On Monday) I’ll return to Italy and in the coming days we’ll decide whether it will be possible to participate in the Grand Prix at Laguna. I'd really like to because I’ve never raced there, so it would be the first time. Still, I want to evaluate the situation properly, as I can’t take unnecessary risks that could compromise the rest of the championship.”

Whereas Iannone’s attendance at Laguna Seca remains questionable, it is already confirmed that Michele Pirro will not be substituting for the injured Ben Spies, as he will be testing for Ducati Team at Misano. In Germany, he finished the race tenth.

“It wasn’t so bad,” says Pirro, who is the Ducati Team test rider but has competed in six of the eight races to have been held so far this year (two for Ducati Team and four for Pramac). “Regarding the pace, I think it was the most consistent day I’ve had over the weekend. I was close to Hayden for the whole race and, considering that he started from the second row, it means that was the pace I could safely maintain.

“With a better start, I could’ve climbed a few places, but we still have a lot of work to do. I’m not entirely satisfied but, considering how it all started, I can’t complain. Now I’ll focus on testing at Misano, where I’ll return to being a test rider.”

In the case of Ben Spies, who has been out of action since the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, he continues to aim for a return at Indianapolis on the weekend of 17-18 August. He had attempted a comeback at Mugello, but found himself to be in too much pain with a pectoral muscle. The American celebrated his 29th birthday last Thursday. At Laguna Seca this weekend, Spies will be replaced by Moto2™ rider Alex de Angelis as the San Marino rider makes a one-off return to the top class.

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