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Iannone affected by arm pump in race

Iannone affected by arm pump in race

Andrea Iannone has revealed that he was in pain for much of Sunday night’s season-opening Grand Prix of Qatar, having encountered arm pump problems.

The Italian, who was making his MotoGP™ debut fresh from Moto2™, started tenth on the grid for Energy T.I. Pramac Racing and would take the chequered flag ninth.

“It was really difficult with my arm,” he explained. “We tried injections because that was probably the only way to relieve the pain, but after just four laps I couldn’t take it anymore. I’m sorry because I thought I could have stayed with Nicky (Hayden, Ducati Team) for a bit longer, but I realised that I couldn’t manage it.

“I also began losing grip pretty early, after just six laps. I had tried to change the bike settings to see if the situation would improve, but it didn’t happen so I just raced in pain. I’m satisfied though, as we’re in the top ten, and we’ll see if we can close the gap in the future.”

Pramac teammate Ben Spies finished the race tenth, also riding in pain courtesy of the right shoulder he injured in last year’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

MotoGP, 2013, COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Andrea Iannone, Pramac Racing Team

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