Andrea Iannone once again got a great start, moving up immediately from tenth on the grid to seventh, which he then lost to Bautista. From that moment on he began his battle to defend eighth place against both factory Ducati riders, swapping places on a number of occasions.

After yesterday’s decision by Race Direction to maintain rider safety was today modified to a new reduced distance of 19 laps, with a mandatory pit stop to change bikes/tyre, Andrea returned to the track after a mid-race stop.

Andrea Iannone and Yonny Hernandez
Andrea Iannone and Yonny Hernandez

Photo by: Bridgestone Corporation

He eventually took eighth place with a best time of 1'30.030 that allowed him to finish between the two Ducati riders.

The good result obtained today by the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team rider confirmed once again that the progress made is going in the right direction, and the reduced gap to his fellow Ducati riders is proof.

The next round of the 2013 season is scheduled for October 27 at Twin Ring Motegi, the last leg of the overseas tripleheader.

Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
“The race was strange, the change of the bikes made it fun, and it was strange to get on track knowing that we had to return to the pits before the end. Like all the riders we tried it during the warm-up, of course if we are asked to do it again I have to improve and focus a little bit more. Still, it was a great weekend. Positive. I pushed hard in all sessions and I tried to give my best. My goal from the beginning of the season has always been to be as close as possible to Nicky and Dovi and now I have to say that I am satisfied with the results achieved. Without the help of my team it would not have been possible, we are working very hard, and they’re helping me to grow and I really have to thank them. We still have two races and I want to continue like this.”

Pramac Racing Team