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Iannone: “I have the potential to fight for victory”

Iannone: “I have the potential to fight for victory”

A poor start cost Andrea Iannone the chance to battle for home glory, taking third after a remarkable comeback.

Having led a number of practice sessions and shown strong race pace, eyes were focused on Andrea Iannone as Sunday’s Gran Premio D’Italia TIM commenced. From third on the grid he made a terrible start and dropped down outside the top ten, ending lap two in 11th. His race looked over before it had barely began, but the Ducati Team rider dug deep and put together a string of quick laps. By lap nine Iannone was in fifth, quickly passing Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and moving to be just behind his teammate Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team). On lap 17 Iannone went up to third and defended his position from Dovizioso before Pedrosa launched his own podium challenge. Again Iannone was able to get the best of him and eventually stretched his advantage to take third.

Despite the poor start it was an incredible race for Iannone who set the fastest lap of the race on the final lap, a 1’47.687. The Italian also improved on his own top speed recording, raising the bar to 354.9Km/h. Both of these achievements were of little importance to Iannone who was disappointed by his start, his race pace proving he could have challenged for victory had he been closer in the opening laps. This is just Iannone’s second podium of the year and only his third race finish, the combination putting him ninth in the standings.

Andrea Iannone: “I have a big disappointment because in the start the clutch was slipping and the bike started with a big wheelie. For me it’s difficult to control and everyone passed me and I arrived late to the first corner. I thought it was going to be a disaster for me but OK. I push very hard for all the race and I ride fast and I have a good feeling with the tyres. In this track the tyres work really well and this is good because Michelin improve race by race and this is important for us. The disappointment is the result because, yes, the podium in Italy is great but I have the potential to fight for victory. I needed this today and we’ll keep trying.

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, RAC, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team, Reaction

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