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Iannone: “I did my best to do a quick fix”

Iannone: “I did my best to do a quick fix”

The Gran Premio Red Bull de España was a trying time for all Ducati riders, especially Andrea Iannone who had a litany of issues throughout.

A trying weekend saw Andrea Iannone struggle to get to grips with the Jerez circuit on his Desmosedici GP. Usually a very strong qualifier, Iannone started Sunday’s race from 11th on the grid and hoping a last minute change could save the weekend. But the race start saw his troubles continue, Iannone dropping down to 14th on the first lap. Only on lap six did the Ducati Team rider start to make up positions, picking up speed as the race went on to eventually end the day in seventh. All involved are hopeful that the Spanish GP was a one off and Iannone will be able to find his form again in Le Mans and the following rounds. With 25 points, Iannone is tenth in the championship table and the third highest placed Ducati with two GP14.2s ahead of him.

Monday saw Iannone back out on track for a single day of testing. Ducati had no major upgrades to debut, the team spending the day looking for answers to Iannone’s weekend issues. A best time of 1’39.879 saw Iannone conclude the day in eighth and as the fastest Ducati rider. While most other teams will have a week away from the track before Le Mans, Ducati will run a private test at the Mugello Circuit with both factory riders. Ducati have classically gone well at Le Mans, especialyl in the wet, and will be hoping to get their season back on track at round five.

Andrea Iannone: “I didn’t expect such a difficult weekend, and right from the start of practice I did my best to do a quick fix on the situation. In the race I started some way down the grid and this penalized me, especially because I didn’t make a good start and the feeling with the bike in the early laps was not at its best. It’s a pity because then I managed to improve lap after lap, making up a lot of positions, and in the end my pace wasn’t bad. A seventh place is for sure not our target, but we took home some important points for the championship.”

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

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