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Iannone: “I fought with the best riders”

Iannone: “I fought with the best riders”

Andrea Iannone brought the fight to three of MotoGP™’s biggest names and secured his third podium of the year.

The Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix was one of the best races of the year, largely due to Andrea Iannone. Having started from the front row, the Ducati Team rider immediately made his presence known as he battled with Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha) in the opening laps. Quickly Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) also became involved in the epic battle, small mistakes opening the door for at least two of the others to pass. But there was drama early on as Iannone plunged into Turn 10, an unaware seagull failed to get out of the path of his Ducati and slammed into the front of Iannone. This not only unsettled Iannone’s rhythm as it collided with his helmet, but also caused a sizeable puncture to the fairing of his GP15.

Turn 10 was a favourite overtaking place of the Italian, a wider corner entry allowed him to carry a lot more corner speed and Iannone was frequently able to surprise both Rossi and Marquez there. On the last lap all four riders had a chance of victory, but it would be Rossi and Iannone two sparred to the line. Throughout the race Iannone’s GP15 had the edge down the straight, easily beating out Rossi. A fast run out of the final corner cemented Iannone’s third place finish in what was one of the most thrilling races of year. Iannone maintains fourth in the MotoGP™ World Championship.

Andrea Iannone: “It is an amazing fight, an amazing race! Incredible. My first race with a strong fight so I’m happy because I fought with the best riders in the MotoGP class with many titles. I try my best and I keep the podium! I’m happy for this but a great job from the team and we’ll continue in this way step by step.”

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