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Equal best MotoGP™ qualifying result for Iannone

Equal best MotoGP™ qualifying result for Iannone

Home rider Andrea Iannone put his Pramac Racing Ducati second on the grid ahead of Sunday’s race at the Gran Premio TIM de San Marino e della Riviera de Rimini.

Iannone suffered two crashes in the wet on Friday, taking a heavy blow to his ankle. This did not affect the Italian rider when conditions improved, able to lead the way in FP3. Ducati had held a private three day test at Misano prior to Silverstone, the data collected there helping all the Ducati riders recover from the lost track time on Friday.

Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) aided Iannone’s qualifying efforts slightly, giving a slip stream to the Italian and his teammate Yonny Hernandez in Q2. This is now the fourth occasion in a row that a Ducati has started from second on the grid, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) having taken the three previous seconds.

The result also equals Iannone’s best ever MotoGP qualifying result which came earlier in the year at Mugello.

“I am very happy for the front row, it’s important for that race as the start is crucial. I have a good feeling on my bike with the soft tyre, the medium doesn’t feel so great. I had a good feeling in the morning and was able to push hard in the afternoon too,” said Iannone.

He continued, “I don’t know if we can use the soft tyre. I used the soft tyre in the test over race distance and the first five or six laps it’s great. After that it gets a bit more of a difficult decision. I’ll be talking to my crew about it. It’s important we try a different setting and explore the medium tryes more and I need to improve my feeling with them.”

MotoGP, 2014, GP TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Andrea Iannone, Pramac Racing

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