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Iannone: ‘I could have fought for the podium’

Iannone: ‘I could have fought for the podium’

Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone felt he could have achieved a podium result at Aragon had he not been caught out by a crash early in the race.

Indeed it was a short but intense outing for Iannone at the Spanish track on Sunday afternoon.

The Italian rider made a perfect start from third on the grid, allowing him to fight with Marc Marquez for the lead throughout the first lap. Unfortunately on the second lap Iannone went a little wide and put his rear tyre on a slippery patch of synthetic grass. After the rain in the morning it was still wet and the Ducati rider ended up running onto a further larger area of grass where he was unable to stay upright.

Afterwards he said, “I started well, I battled with Marc and I felt comfortable with my bike. Then unfortunately I crashed. I'm sorry for what happened because I could have fought for the podium. I took the same line as Marc but coming out of the corner, I was a bit wider out of the curb where there is synthetic grass. I was about to crash because of a highside but I managed to get the bike under control.”

“But after that I was on the grass at a very high speed without being able to use the brakes and I crashed. It was a difficult situation. Now I want to think about the next race hoping to repeat or improve the result from qualifying and then close the weekend well.”

MotoGP, 2014, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, Andrea Iannone, Pramac Racing

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