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Iannone: “My bike was not easy to manage”

Iannone: “My bike was not easy to manage”

A wet and bumpy Silverstone circuit led to a disappointing race for Andrea Iannone at the Octo British Grand Prix.

Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone has led the Ducati charge in the majority of rounds leading up to the British GP, finishing inside the top five in the last seven rounds. This all came to an end at Silverstone, the bumps on track unsettled Iannone’s GP15 and the Italian struggled more than usual. His problems were made worse by rain on Sunday, the wet track drastically reducing his feeling with the rear of the bike. For a majority of the race Iannone battled the rear on corner entry, but by reducing engine braking he was able to improve the situation.

The damage had been done and Iannone finished down in eighth position, his worst finish of 2015. Clearly there is still work to do with the new GP15 in the wet conditions. Round 13 of the MotoGP™ World Championship will take place in Misano, a circuit where Ducati recently held a private test. Ducatis have always gone well around Misano and with a recent test and a new track surface they will have an edge over the opposition.  

Andrea Iannone: “It was not such a positive weekend from the point of view of the final result, but at least in the standings I was able to get closer to third place. We encountered a bit of difficulty throughout the three days and my bike was not easy to manage due to the bumps on the track, which created a lot of problems for us. In the race I struggled in particular with the rear when turning into the curves and above all at the start I was very slow. Then, as the laps went by, I reduced the amount of engine braking and the situation improved a lot, but I was never able to find the consistency that I would have liked.”

MotoGP, 2015, OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, RAC, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team

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