Andrea Iannone earned a top-ten result in today’s Czech Republic Grand Prix, hosted at the Brno circuit, where the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team rider posted a ninth-place finish that put him third best among the Ducati riders.
No one took the option, however, as the precipitation held off through the remainder of the twenty-two-lap race. Iannone and his team are now preparing for the final event in this tripleheader, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on 1 September.
Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team: “I’m happy. The race started well, and for the first few laps, my pace was very close to Nicky and Dovi, and I also managed to be consistent. This means that we’re improving, learning, and working well. I started to get tired after ten laps; I had no strength for braking and acceleration, and I couldn’t stay on the bike.
All in all, this weekend was positive. After the two falls and two hard days that I had to deal with, and which weren’t helped by my injury, we ended up having a good race. Of course it would be better for me if we could have next week off, as flying directly to Silverstone to compete in another race next week doesn’t help. I just hope it doesn’t get worse because at least I know what to expect. We’ll see.”
Having started the Czech Republic Grand Prix from the fourteenth spot on the grid, Michele Pirro (serving as a substitute rider for Texan Ben Spies) gained two positions during the race, ending in twelfth place.
The twenty-two-lap race started under a gray and threatening sky, with lower temperatures than those that had marked the previous two days, and although the Italian lacked confidence in his bike’s front end and was ultimately unsatisfied, the experience was helpful in his getting used to the spec of Desmosedici GP13 that he’ll campaign again in one week at the Silverstone GP on 1 September.
Pirro now heads to Misano, where he’s scheduled to take part in three challenging days of testing with the Ducati Test Team before returning to the Ignite Pramac Racing Team garage in the UK.
Michele Pirro – Ignite Pramac Racing Team: “After the warm-up session, I thought I might have a little more feeling with the front, but that wasn’t the case. The only change we made was to switch to the front soft tyre, but I didn’t get the same feeling as this morning.
That hurt me a lot, and honestly I didn’t want to take unnecessary risks because now I’ll be involved in three days of testing at Misano, followed by the Silverstone GP. I’m disappointed because I thought I’d be able to do better. I’ll try next week, although it’s harder with this bike than I expected.”