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Andrea Iannone was one of just three riders able to get within a second of Marc Marquez in Q2, but will start the race from seventh.
Throughout the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas weekend, Andrea Iannone has been consistently quick and able to remain inside the top five with little trouble. His pace has been solid but he struggled to produce a single fast lap in Q2, a fact that has left the Ducati Team rider puzzled. Even in the midst of his struggles he still managed the fourth fastest time of the session with a 2’03.913, one of only four riders in the 2’03 range. He was also one of only three riders to get within a second of the magical Marc Marquez's (Repsol Honda Team) pole time.
Unfortunately Iannone will not line up in fourth and will instead line up in seventh. After his overly ambitious move on the last lap in Argentina, Race Direction awarded the Italian a three-place grid penalty. As such the start of the race will be crucial for the Italian, a tight Turn 1 offering a chance to make up significant ground if he plays his cards right. Iannone has only had a single finish in his last six MotoGP™ race, a less than ideal statistic.
Andrea Iannone: “This afternoon everything seemed to be a bit more difficult: I don’t know if the rain had made the track conditions worse, or for whatever reason, but in any case I struggled to be quicker than in the morning. On the last lap of Q2 I was improving my time, but I went long and so it wasn’t one of my best qualifying performances. Here at Austin it seems to be easier for me to have a good pace than do a quick lap, and I’d like to understand if it depended on the characteristics of the track this afternoon or on some problem of mine. Tomorrow it will be really important to make a good start, because it could be decisive for the outcome of my race.”