The long wait for the 2013 MotoGP championship finished at 10 p.m. Qatar time, when Losail International Circuit’s start light flashed off and the first race of the season got underway.
The Italian stayed in the draft of the group in front of him for nearly half the race, at which point arm pump in his right forearm caused him to lose contact. Nonetheless, he was still able to finish his first MotoGP race in ninth place.
Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team “It was really difficult with my arm. We tried injections because that was probably the only way to relieve the pain, but after just four laps I couldn’t take it anymore. I’m sorry because I thought I could have stayed with Nicky for a bit longer, but I realized that I couldn’t manage it. I also began losing grip pretty early, after just six laps. I had tried to change the bike settings to see if the situation would improve, but it didn’t happen, so I just raced in pain. I’m satisfied though, as we’re in the top ten, and we’ll see if we can close the gap in the future.”
Francesco Guidotti – Team Manager Pramac Racing Team “Overall, it was a positive weekend, as we get a lot of satisfaction from putting both of our riders in the top ten despite both riders’ physical conditions. Ben is still suffering from the injury to his right shoulder, and Andrea had a problem with his arm that he had never experienced in the tests. I would like to thanks the Mobile Clinic for having help both riders. I would say we’re very satisfied.
Pramac Racing Team