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MotoGP Jerez: Iannone has cut stapled

4 May 2013

MotoGP rookie Andrea Iannone finished free practice at Jerez as the fastest Ducati rider - but also with a 'deep wound' in his left knee, after falling at the very end of FP4.

Following treatment at the Clinica Mobile, the lone Pramac rider present at Jerez returned to qualify in a sore eleventh place for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.

“I hit quite hard when I crashed, and I kept tumbling along with the bike,” said Iannone. “The clinic stapled the cut, but I'm worried for tomorrow because it burns and is quite painful.

“Also, the problem with my arm returned this morning, so although I'm able to do a few more laps, I can't say my fitness is at 100%. I'm having a hard time with changes of direction, where I had to save my arm a bit by using my knees, but we did a good time before I crashed, four-tenths faster than this morning.

“I'm satisfied that we're a couple of tenths from the [Factory] Ducati riders, but I don't have a clear idea for tomorrow's race. We're suffering quite a bit in this heat because we're obviously losing grip.

“I was one of the first to crash, but it seems like it was a common problem. We used a hard front tyre, which we think is better, but I don't know what solution we'll try for the race.”

Cal Crutchlow fell at the same corner as Iannone, during qualifying.


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