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Iannone: “I believe that we have the potential”

Iannone: “I believe that we have the potential”

Andrea Iannone arrives in Jerez with renewed confidence after his first podium finish of 2016.

Everything looked to be going wrong for Andrea Iannone during the first two rounds of the 2016 season. Two crashes had continued a worrying trend for Iannone and earned him a three-place grid penalty in Austin. But the Italian headed to the Austin round with a much calmer approach and picked up his first points and his first podium of the season as a result. Despite the crashes, Iannone had been competitive in almost every session on the 2016 Desmosedici GP and he’ll be hoping to continue his top three challenge in Jerez. While riding in the MotoGP™ World Championship, Iannone has had just a single finish in Jerez when he was sixth in 2015. This ride came in a challenging race, the Italian having accidentally engaged rain mode during the start of the race and subsequently battled with a bike constantly cutting power.

Back in 2011, he won the Moto2™ World Championship race in Jerez and despite the difficulties in recent years Iannone still rates the track highly. Ducati have a great amount of data from the Jerez circuit, having ran with test rider Michele Pirro there many times in recent years. In November 2015 they also ran a private test there with all of the GP teams, so will begin the weekend with a slight advantage. Ducati and Iannone will still have to work hard over the course of the weekend as both Honda and Yamaha will be as strong as ever. After two DNFs, there's a significant points gap to overcome in the championship table as Iannone is currently 50 points off the championship lead.

Andrea Iannone: “Now we are back in Europe at Jerez, which is where I won in Moto2 in 2011 and which is a track I like a lot. After my first podium in Texas two weeks ago I believe that we have the potential to continue in this positive direction, especially because the Desmosedici GP is really a very competitive machine. For this reason I’m excited about coming to Spain, and can’t wait to continue the good job I’m doing with my team.”

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team

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