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Iannone: “For the second time this season I had a problem”

Iannone: “For the second time this season I had a problem”

A second DNF in three races result in crushing disappointment for Andrea Iannone in the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix.

The Malaysian GP was a disastrous affair for the Ducati Team as both their riders failed to finish, Andrea Iannone forced to retire with a technical issue. Starting from sixth on the grid, Iannone’s GP15 was struck with a stone and suffered a hole in his radiator as a result. It all seemed OK on the opening lap, but by lap 2 the problem was terminal and he was forced to pull off. After a great start to the season where the Italian was inside the top five at almost every round, the flyaways have seen him forced to retire twice. The disappointment made worse after his stunning performance in the Australian GP.

Unfortunately this DNF drops Iannone to fifth in the MotoGP™ World Championship as Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) took victory in Malaysia. With just two points splitting the pair, the final round of the year in Valencia will be a winner take all scenario for them. Regardless, a top five result in the world standings would be an incredible result for Iannone.

Andrea Iannone: “I’m really disappointed because for the second time this season I had a problem with the bike at an important moment for me, seeing as I am fighting for fourth place in the championship. Here there was a chance of doing a good race, because this morning in the warm-up the bike was going well. Probably at the start a rider ahead of me threw up a stone which hit and holed the radiator. For sure it’s not an ideal situation to go to Valencia two points down on Pedrosa: it will be tough to fight for fourth place, but that remains my goal and I will try my hardest to achieve it.”

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MotoGP, 2015, SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, RAC, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team

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