Forgettable weekend in Jerez for Pramac Racing Team

The Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team will now prepare for the next round of the championship, at Le Mans on 19 May.

Despite yesterday’s crash-induced injury, Andrea Iannone had a better night than expected, and in this morning’s warm-up session for the Spanish Grand Prix, he registered a best lap time of 1:40.690, just six-tenths from his Q2 time yesterday, when the only thing hindering him had been his forearm problem.

Andrea Iannone, Pramac Racing Team
Andrea Iannone, Pramac Racing Team

Photo by: Hazrin Yeob Men Shah

The asphalt temperature was at 46° C (115° F) - much warmer than the morning session — as the MotoGP riders lined up on the start grid, with the Italian, who had undergone treatment by the Clinica Mobile, on row four. He enjoyed a good start and was close behind fellow Ducati rider Nicky Hayden, and he registered a 1:40.642 lap time before losing the front end.

The Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team will now prepare for the next round of the championship, at Le Mans on 19 May.

Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team: “I had hoped that this weekend would go better for me; I was very confident that I could do well, also because this is the track at which I’ve done the most kilometers on a MotoGP bike. In fact, we didn’t start off too badly, and we did a good job before the two crashes.

Unfortunately, the first fall made things a bit difficult for me physically, as I’m missing some strength, maybe also because of the medicine I’m taking. I suffered quite a bit in the warm-up session, but thanks to the work done by the Clinica Mobile and Dr. Costa, I thought I could make it to the finish line.

Although my launch wasn’t the best, I managed to pass some riders in the first and second turns. I was doing okay, so I’m sorry for how it went. It was a really short race for me, because like yesterday, I lost the front. Fortunately, I’m fine. A big thank-you to the team for the work we’re doing together; now we’ll focus on Le Mans.”

Francesco Guidotti – Pramac Racing Team Manager: “It’s really a shame! Andrea had a good pace up until Saturday afternoon’s free practice, with everything pointing toward us having a good race, despite the pain in his arm.

Then the crash in FP4 compromised all the work we’d carried out over the weekend, and we really didn’t need the fall in the race, especially since he was riding really well. Now we prepare for Le Mans, and we hope to take better advantage of the work we’ve done until today.”

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Andrea Iannone
Teams Pramac Racing
Article type Race report
Tags iannone, jerez, motogp, pramac