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Iannone: “A light went on and suddenly I crashed”

Iannone: “A light went on and suddenly I crashed”

Andrea Iannone was left frustrated after a crash on his second run in Q2 forced him to settle for third on the grid for Sunday’s French GP.

The Italian hit the ground running on Saturday morning as he topped FP3, an indication of what was to come. Then in Q2, on just his second lap of the session, he set a time quick enough to provisionally be in second, a 1’32.469.

Unfortunately a crash whilst on his out lap for his second run at Turn 12 meant his challenge for pole was effectively over and, despite making it back to the pits for one final flying lap, he could not improve his time. It was the 26-year-old's best qualifying performance of the season and his first front row start since Phillip Island. He will be hoping to secure his second podium of the season in Sunday's race, which kicks off at 14:00 Local Time in Le Mans.

Andrea Iannone: “It wasn’t an easy qualifying session and, even though I am happy for the front row, I’m not entirely satisfied because I was convinced I could have got second place. In any case, looking at the way things went, we even ran the risk of losing third place and luckily my time with the first tyre was enough to keep the front row slot. I am sure that with the second tyre I could have improved by a few tenths, but on the second exit unfortunately I had a problem with my bike. A light went on for the water pressure in the system and then I suddenly crashed. In any case I’m happy because we managed to get a positive result and I want to thank the guys in the team who did a great job after Jerez.”

MotoGP, 2016, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Q2, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team

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