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Another potential podium finish ends in the gravel for Andrea Iannone who leaves France bitterly disappointed.
Andrea Iannone was able to show his speed around the 4.185km long Le Mans circuit during Qualifying, taking third on the grid in spite of a fall. His pace carried over to the race on Sunday as the Italian maintained his grid position during the opening laps. With Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) starting to get away at the front of the race, Iannone worked his way past his Ducati Team teammate Andrea Dovizioso and into second. His race, like the race of many others, would end prematurely as he fell at Turn 8 after losing the front. Iannone attempted to finish the race but retired on lap 12, just before his teammate and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) also crashed out. A double DNF for Ducati was hugely disappointing, especially as both riders had shown the pace to challenge for the podium yet again. 10th in the MotoGP™ World Championship, the season can only get better for Iannone. It’s now off to Mugello, the home round of both Ducati and Iannone and one where they have always done well. In 2015 Iannone achieved his first MotoGP™ pole, despite racing with a recently dislocated shoulder. Before Le Mans, Iannone and Ducati tested in Mugello and will head there with an idea of what direction to head in.
Andrea Iannone: “I am very disappointed because crashing in the race, especially after a weekend in which we were always competitive and performing well, really hurts. What happened is very strange, because I pushed harder in the early laps to overtake Dovi under braking than when I was behind Lorenzo and trying to reduce the gap. But the behavior of the front tyre is always difficult to predict and you never know how much confidence you have. Despite the crash we proved that we were quick, even though we were unable to bring home any points: now we really have to improve some aspects that are not allowing us to be constant throughout the whole race.”
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