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Iannone: “We didn’t exactly do the best qualifying”

Iannone: “We didn’t exactly do the best qualifying”

Andrea Iannone showed promise in FP3, but was unable to deliver in Qualifying at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Free Practice 3 saw Andrea Iannone lead the way with a strong 1’30.925 and many suspected the Ducati Team rider would be a serious threat in Qualifying. Unfortunately Iannone was unable to go faster than in FP3 and only managed a 1’31.056, putting him seventh on the grid for Sunday. Using a three run strategy, Iannone attempted to gain an edge over the rest of the MotoGP™ field but was unable to. ‘The Maniac’s’ pace throughout the weekend has been high and even from seventh he should have the pace to battle inside the top five and depending how tyres degrade, for the podium.

A podium finish would help Iannone greatly as he attempts to return to fourth in the MotoGP™ World Championship, two DNFs during the flyaways saw the Italian lose valuable points to the in-form Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda). With 188 points, Iannone is just two points behind Pedrosa and finishing inside the top five and ahead of the Spaniard is the Italian’s aim. A top four World Championship finsih would be an incredible result for both Iannone and Ducati who will no doubt continue to improve in 2016.

Andrea Iannone: “For some aspects it was a positive day, with me setting quickest time in FP3, but then we didn’t exactly do the best qualifying session of the season. In the afternoon we struggled quite a lot and I was not able to improve my lap time. We’re a bit off the pace of the quickest riders and now we have to improve something to try and do the race with the others tomorrow. For sure, we’ll make every effort to do so.”

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MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Q2, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team, #ValenciaGP

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