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Iannone: “In sectors T2 and T3 I was losing a lot”

Iannone: “In sectors T2 and T3 I was losing a lot”

A hugely impressive 2015 campaign has Iannone well on his way to achieving his aim of finishing in the top 5.

In 2014 there was no doubt that Andrea Iannone had immense speed, but frequent crashes saw him struggle in the championship overall. Many had expected 2015 to be similar; great speed and potential mixed with crashes while pushing at the front. Since moving to the factory Ducati Team Iannone has proven many wrong, able to finish every race this year and only missing out on the top five once. A stunning performance as he and Ducati continue to work on returning the iconic red bike to the front in MotoGP™.

It was a somewhat lonely race for Iannone who was quickly dropped by the leading pack, settling into his own rhythm. The Italian would eventually finish just over 20 seconds behind  race winner Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), but his fifth position grants yet more championship points to Iannone. With 118 points Iannone is the leading Ducati rider in the championship, third overall, and the highest non-Yamaha rider. A great first half of the season has seen him collect 31 more points than his teammate.

Andrea Iannone: “For sure today the situation was difficult to manage: we were once again capable of finishing in the top 5 and, as I have been saying since the start of the championship, this is one of our aims this season. Obviously it gives you more satisfaction to fight with the top riders but at this moment it was difficult to do anything more. At the start I tried to stay close to the leaders, taking some risks, but then I realized that in sectors T2 and T3 I was losing a lot and so I tried to impose my own pace and in the end it didn’t go badly. I want to thank all the guys in the team and all of Ducati for the faith that they are putting in me.”

MotoGP, 2015, GoPro MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, RAC, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team

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