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Iannone: “Phillip Island should be positive for us”

Iannone: “Phillip Island should be positive for us”

For the first time in almost a year Andrea Iannone failed to finish a Grand Prix, the Ducati rider eager to get back on track.

Before the 2015 there was little doubt over Andrea Iannone’s speed or aggression on track, but his consistency remained uncertain. As the 2015 season began to unfold the Ducati rider would surprise almost everyone in becoming one of the most consistent riders on the grid: before the Japanese he had not finished outside the top ten. In Japan his GP15 encountered a technical problem, which in turn forced him to retire. He now looks to Phillip Island for redemption, a circuit where he has had mixed fortunes previously.

The 2014 Australian GP was Iannone’s last DNF before the Japanese GP last week, the Italian keen to avoid disappointment this year. The Moto2™ race in 2010 is the lone time the now factory Ducati rider has taken to the podium in Australia with a third place finsih. With 172 points, Iannone sits fourth in the MotoGP™ World Championship and is currently 25 points, or a race win, behind Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) in fourth. Finishing fourth in the world championship would be a great accomplishment for both Iannone and Ducati. Of course Iannone is not yet fully fit, still recovering from a dislocated shoulder sustained before the Aragon GP. The shoulder will be operated on after the season final in Valencia.

Andrea Iannone: “At Motegi we had a good weekend and were always competitive, but unfortunately on Sunday I had to retire when my GP15 had an engine problem. Pity, because I had every chance of doing a good race and continue my run of positive results, but in any case throughout the season you have to accept a result of this kind. The next few tracks, starting with Phillip Island, should be positive for us. I like this circuit a lot and so I hope to do a good race on Sunday.”


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