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MotoGP: Iannone ‘keeping feet on the ground’

Andrea Iannone sets cautious targets despite claiming first MotoGP podium on his Factory Ducati team debut.
Andrea Iannone is determined to 'keep his feet on the ground' after claiming a first MotoGP podium on his Ducati Team debut in the Qatar season opener.

The young Italian was in the victory battle for most of the 22-lap race and, while team-mate Andrea Dovizioso and race winner Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) were able to escape in the closing laps, Iannone re-passed Jorge Lorenzo for third position.

So what are his targets for the forthcoming events, beginning with next weekend's Austin round?

“I expect to fight for the top five positions. I don't want to speak about a podium every Sunday because I understand it is very difficult in MotoGP,” Iannone replied. “Every rider is strong.

“Sure the new bike [GP15] improves a lot, but it is really young. I don't know when I get to Austin for the first time with this bike what is the feeling. I'm positive but I want to keep my feet on the ground.”

Iannone, who spent his two previous MotoGP seasons with the satellite Pramac Ducati team, hadn't stood on a grand prix rostrum since the 2012 Misano Moto2 race.

“I fight every Sunday in Moto2 for the top three and when I start in MotoGP I understand it is completely different. But I stayed calm and got better each year as the bike got better,” he said.

“This is my third year but my first with a competitive bike and it is completely different. This result is really important for my motivation because it's a long time since I've been on the podium. I want to thank the whole team because it is not just my work.

“It's incredible and emotional for me. My first podium in MotoGP and it's with Ducati.”

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April 02, 2015 4:04 PM

If he can add some consistency to his kit... with the skills and bold attitude he has, he can become a force to reckon with in future... He has been slightly inconsistent in his satellite days.

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