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Iannone: “Last year it was a little bit difficult”

Iannone: “Last year it was a little bit difficult”

With a still healing left shoulder, the Motul Grand Prix of Japan will be a difficult weekend for Andrea Iannone.

Ducati have classically gone well around Motegi, the Italian brand claiming four wins and pole position in 2014 in the backyard of Honda. With the ever-improving GP15, a return to the podium is a real possibility for Ducati but it will be a difficult weekend for Andrea Iannone. The Ducati Team rider suffered a dislocation to his left shoulder ahead of the Aragon GP while training and despite constant therapy and treatment, Iannone is not yet back to full fitness. With Motegi’s famous hard braking zones, his shoulder will be stretched to its limit but the hard charging Italian is hopeful his ability will remain mostly unhindered.

Motegi has seen Iannone twice victorious, once in 2009 in the 125cc race and again in 2011 when racing in the Moto2™ World Championship. Since joining the premier class in 2013, his best result in Japan has been a sixth achieved in 2014. Iannone currently sits fourth in the standings and is 12 points behind Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda), who will also be racing injured having suffered a broken left hand while training. With the intense three in a row schedule, battling through the pain barrier will be vital for both riders as they duel for third.

Andrea Iannone: “I have really good memories of Motegi, because I won a strange 125cc race there in 2009 and another one in Moto2 in 2011. For me it’s a great track, even though last year it was a little bit difficult in MotoGP. This year with the Desmosedici GP15 I hope to improve my performance a lot, always providing that my left shoulder doesn’t cause me too much bother under braking!”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team

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