Hazy skies and lower temperatures than the previous two days greeted the twenty-four MotoGP riders at the Silverstone Circuit for the final day of the British Grand Prix, which was marked by a high number of crashes.
Having entrusted himself to the treatment of the Mobile Clinic staff in order to relieve the pain in his injured right shoulder, the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team rider will now take advantage of a short and well-deserved break before the next round, which will take place in Misano on Sunday, 15 September.
Ignite Pramac Racing Team rider Michele Pirro picked up four positions immediately after the start before riding to a twelfth-place finish, despite what had been an unfortunate start to his day. Shortly after the start of the morning warm-up session, he had suffered a fall in turn eight, but fortunately he was uninjured apart from some bruising and swelling that was promptly treated at the Mobile Clinic. The fall had been caused by a lack of grip, the low temperatures, and a small bump.
The championship’s next stop will be on 15 September at Misano, where Pirro will return to the more familiar Desmosedici GP13 Lab, with which he hopes to find the right feeling and move up some positions in the results.
Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team: “This has been a really tough weekend. I always tried to do my best but it wasn’t easy. I was always pretty far from the leaders, but also from my fellow Ducati riders. For sure the biggest problem at the moment is that my shoulder really hurts. For almost a month now I’ve been taking so many medicines and painkillers that I’m not sure they’re having an effect.
I'm not happy with how it went but I know I did my best all the time. Now I’ll take advantage of the short rest period before Misano. I’ll work a lot with my physical therapist to regain strength and mobility in my shoulder. I hope to be at least at 80 or 90% in Misano because I’d like to be fit in front of my home crowd."
Michele Pirro – Ignite Pramac Racing Team: “This morning I felt good with the bike so it’s a shame that things went as they did. I had found a good feeling but I had an unexpected fall. I had to use the second bike for the race, and with the different settings and the lost confidence following this morning’s crash, I had a slower pace again. Fortunately, from mid-race on, I moved up some positions and found a good rhythm. Thanks a lot to the team for preparing the bike for the race; I hope to do much better at Misano.”