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A mistake in the penultimate corner costs Andrea Iannone and Ducati a podium finish in Argentina.
An aggressive start to the race saw Andrea Iannone forced to take evasive action in order to avoid Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) in the opening corner of the Argentina GP. After the near incident, he went about closing down his Ducati Team teammate Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) who was ahead in fourth. Within just a handful of laps he was with him and in podium contention, returning to the pits for the mandatory bike change on lap 10. He re-joined in fifth place and stuck closely behind his teammate as the pair gained on Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). A crash from Viñales on lap 18 soon saw the all Ducati battle become one for the podium.
Iannone was the first to attack Rossi, forcing his way through and opening the door for Dovizioso to come through on them both. The penultimate lap began with Dovizioso ahead in second, Iannone hunting for a way through. Rossi's pace had dropped off and Ducati looked certain to achieve a double podium finish, but Iannone wanted more. He thought he had a way past in the second to last corner, but left his braking too late and fell, taking Dovizioso down with him. Iannone was forced to swallow the disappointment of ruining a double Ducati podium and was also given a Penalty Point and a three place grid penalty by Race Direction.
Andrea Iannone: “Even though I didn’t manage to get a good start, I was doing a good race: for sure I could have been quicker in the early stages, but when I changed bikes I started again at a better pace than the riders ahead of me, and I managed to pass Rossi two or three times, until Andrea passed us again on the last lap. When I arrived at the penultimate corner, I lost the front and brought down Dovizioso in the crash. Unfortunately that’s the way it went and I am really sorry for my team, for Andrea and for everyone in Ducati because for sure a podium today with both Ducati Team riders would have been an exceptional result.”
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