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Iannone: “I thought I had their pace”

Iannone: “I thought I had their pace”

Andrea Iannone finishes an incredible fourth despite his recently dislocated shoulder, but was still disappointed.

Twice Andrea Iannone has dislocated his shoulder ahead of a MotoGP™ World Championship race and twice he has had two of his best weekends. In both Mugello and Aragon he secured a spot on the front row, in Mugello a podium followed but at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon, a fourth was the best he could do. Even at full fitness, fourth in a MotoGP™ race is an incredible performance, but Iannone was disappointed to be off the podium. To be disappointed by the result, especially consider his condition, demonstrates how devoted to excellence the Ducati Team rider is.

Iannone had hoped to reward his team’s hard work with a podium, but the likes of Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) had just a few tenths advantage on race pace. As the pain in his shoulder built with each lap, Iannone soon realised he would be unable to battle for the podium and settled into fourth. Even with a recently dislocated shoulder, he still finished as top Ducati and remains fourth in the MotoGP™ World Championship with 172 points, only 12 behind Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda).

Andrea Iannone: “In spite of my physical condition, we did a good race, but I am a bit disappointed I was unable to stay with Pedrosa and Rossi. I thought I had their pace and that I could fight with them, but they were always quicker than me by a couple of tenths, which mirrored the lap times we recorded during FP4. I would have liked to be able to fight for the podium, because my team is working really hard and it’s important to get encouraging results for the whole squad. I gave my all, despite the fact that my shoulder was hurting, and I have to thank the guys in the Clinica Mobile because they gave me some pain-killing injections that eliminated the pain during the first part of the race.”

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MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, RAC, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team

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