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Iannone: “I realized that there was a problem”

Iannone: “I realized that there was a problem”

The Motul Grand Prix of Japan sees Andrea Iannone unable to score points for the first time in 2015.

A difficult Japanese GP produced Andrea Iannone’s first DNF since the Australian GP in 2014, the Ducati Team rider encountering a technical problem on his GP15. MotoGP™ World Championship riders awoke to rain on Sunday morning in Motegi, proceedings were delayed by two hours due to heavy fog but fortunately the MotoGP™ race was unaffected. The race got underway in fully wet conditions and Iannone made a solid start, but soon began to notice a lack of drive from his engine. As the race went on the issue got worse and the Italian was forced to retire from the race, a small blip in an otherwise incredible season where Iannone has never finished outside the top eight.

Iannone leaves Japan with zero points, heading directly to Australia for the second part of the triple-header flyaways. With 172 points he still commands fourth in the MotoGP™ standings and has three races in which to defend his position from the inform Dani Pedrosa (Respol Honda), the pair split by 18 points. The two game together in the 2014 Australian GP, Pedrosa forced to retire from the race due to damage and Iannone would also be unable to finish. Overall 2015 has been an incredible season for Iannone, stepping up to the factory team and shaking off his reputation as a crasher.

Andrea Iannone: “It wasn’t an easy race because already at the start my GP15’s engine didn’t seem to have much drive. I realized that there was a problem, but I hoped that it wasn’t the case. However when I saw that all of my rivals were passing me easily coming out of the corners and on the straight, I knew that my bike didn’t have its usual performance. I tried to do the best I could, and I was trying to hold on but unfortunately I couldn’t finish the race.”

MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, RAC, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team

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