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Iannone: “I could have picked up a nice pole position”

Iannone: “I could have picked up a nice pole position”

Traffic stops Andrea Iannone from charging to pole position at the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar.

Throughout the weekend Andrea Iannone had been towards the sharp end of the time sheets and was on track to challenge for pole position during Q2 until he found a rider in the way. Fellow Ducati rider Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) was also pushing for a fast lap, but hindered the faster factory Ducati Team man while Iannone was on his fastest lap. This effectively ended Iannone's pole challenge. Even with the traffic Iannone was able to set a 1’54.693 on his last lap, 0.150s off pole position as a result. The time sees him start at the head of the second row of the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar on Sunday. In 2015 the Italian took his first MotoGP™ World Championship podium when he raced to third. Only 0.055s stood between Iannone and a front row start, the MotoGP™ field closer than ever.

During the Q2 session, Iannone achieved a top speed of 149.7km/h, the fastest of any rider in the session. With a straight of over 1,000 meters, a high top speed could offer Iannone a critical advantage in a tight race. Ducati haven’t taken a MotoGP™ victory since 2010, an Italian winning on the Italian made bike would be almost a dream for the factory. Improvements have been steady for Ducati and victory remains one of the last feathers they need for their new cap. Alongside Ducati, Iannone has made winning a race his goal for the season.

Andrea Iannone: “It was a very positive qualifying session, but unfortunately I found Redding on the line during my last lap and he slowed me down when I was improving my time. I could have picked up a nice pole position, but these things happen. In any case I am very happy about the progress we’ve made throughout the weekend and for the work we are doing, because we have always been very quick and constantly in amongst the leading positions. FP4 was useful because it helped us understand something vitally important in view of the race, where I think we will be competitive. For sure it would have been better to start from the front row, but in any case tomorrow we will try and get up to the front right from the early laps.”

MotoGP, 2016, COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Q2, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team

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