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Iannone: “Today was rather a difficult day for me”

Iannone: “Today was rather a difficult day for me”

A return to the front row for Andrea Iannone, overcoming an injured shoulder at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon.

Just before the Mugello GP earlier in the year, Andrea Iannone suffered a dislocated shoulder but was able to secure pole position. In an unfortunately similar fashion, the Ducati rider returns to the front row at the Aragon GP, again overcoming the intense pain produced from his recently dislocated shoulder. Surgery is needed to fully resolve the injury, but the Italian is determined to defend fourth in the MotoGP™ World Championship and with the triple header fast approaching, surgery would mean missing races. His shoulder becomes a bigger issue over longer runs and race distance when fatigue starts to set in, but Iannone is still unsure if he will use painkillers on race day.

The condition of Iannone’s shoulder over race distance will play a factor, but so too will tyre life. If temperatures remain the same, the medium option will be the only viable choice but even then tyre life is questionable. With 10 left hand corners, the left side of the tyre is under a lot of strain and several riders have had a noticeable drop in performance towards the end of long runs.

Andrea Iannone: “Today was rather a difficult day for me, but in the end also very satisfying. Before coming to Aragón, I was worried about the pain in my shoulder, but yesterday I was able to manage the situation by not using 100% of my strength, and as a result today I was able to push even harder, improving on each exit. We did an excellent job together with my team, with the intention of getting into qualifying. Tomorrow however it will be a tough race, but the positive thing is that I still haven’t used any painkillers, and in any case I think that the Clinica Mobile will be able to help me. I want to thank the whole team and above all Gigi Dall’Igna for helping me to get this result today.”

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, Q2, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team

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