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Iannone recovering from Friday practice crash

Iannone recovering from Friday practice crash

Andrea Iannone arrived this weekend at Sepang already carrying heavy knocks from a crash at Phillip Island and he had another spill on Friday in Malaysia after contact with Marc Marquez in free practice.

In the morning session in the dry Iannone struggled to somewhat due to the pain in his left hip from the crash in Sunday’s race in Australia. Iannone was in difficulty especially in right corners where he could not lean as he wanted.

During a wet-dry FP2 Iannone was involved in a contact with MotoGP™ World Champion Marquez. Iannone crashed after Marquez touched his left arm as the riders lapped the Sepang track in tricky conditions.

The Italian suffered a severe contusion to his left arm but will still try to get back on track on Saturday, hoping that medical treatment will take the maximum effect.

Marquez visited the Pramac Racing garage after the incident apologisingand admitting his error. Race Direction spoke to the riders but no further action was taken.

Iannone explained, “This morning I decided to start cautiously because of the pain that I have in the hip. I struggled to ride and I could not lean especially on the right side. Unfortunately, at the start of FP2 it started to rain not allowing me to improve. About the contact with Marquez, I don’t know what to say, I only felt a contact. Marc admitted the error and immediately came to apologise. I have the tricep and the elbow very swollen and I hope to get back on track tomorrow.”

Marquez acknowledged, “I went immediately to apologise. I passed Dani (Pedrosa) at turn 14 and saw Andrea (Iannone) still very far away. I hit the brakes as always, he seemed slower, but actually he was entering the corner, except that at that point I had my line. So I was braking on the front and went straight and I hit him. I am very sorry for him.”

MotoGP, 2014, SHELL ADVANCE MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GP, Andrea Iannone, Pramac Racing

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