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Sixth for Iannone, disappointment for Hernandez

Sixth for Iannone, disappointment for Hernandez

At Motegi on Sunday Andrea Iannone crossed the finish line in sixth position, but there was disappointment at the last corner for teammate Yonny Hernandez.

Iannone has demonstrated maturity with his consistent form in his second premier class campaign, regularly featuring in the top ten and pushing for the top five. This has won him a switch to the official Ducati Team for 2015.

He bounced back from his Aragon DNF with a good ride to sixth place in Japan, having also qualified sixth on Saturday.

The Pramac Racing rider’s only regret was that in the first part of the race he did not have the best sensation with his Ducati GP14.2 and was not able to fight with the lead group.

“From the start of the race I didn’t have a good feeling with the machine entering the corners and my bike’s acceleration also wasn’t perfect. After a few laps my feeling improved and I was able to push and keep a good pace. Too bad, we could have done better in the early stages of the race and finish closer to the front group,” stated Iannone.

Meanwhile, EnergyT.I. Pramac Racing’s Hernandez had fought for tenth place in the final stages of the race but at the last corner of the last lap a clash with Aleix Espargaro sent him down. Espargaro was later given a penalty point by Race Direction.

Hernandez said, “I’m very happy with my race performance. I fought with Bautista keeping him behind for three quarters of the race without making mistakes, keeping a good pace and good concentration. Aleix Espargaro collided into me making me crash in the last corner.”

MotoGP, 2014, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Yonny Hernandez, Andrea Iannone, Pramac Racing

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