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MotoGP: Iannone heads for Le Mans despite dislocated shoulder

Mugello test ends with shoulder injury for Ducati's Andrea Iannone.
Ducati's Andrea Iannone plans to ride at this weekend's French MotoGP despite dislocating his left shoulder.

The injury occurred when the young Italian fell from his Desmosedici GP15 earlier today (Tuesday) during a private test at Mugello.

Initially described as having suffered bruising, Iannone was sent for a medical check in Cattolica with Dr. Giuseppe Porcellini who diagnosed that a dislocation had occurred.

'Over the next three days Iannone will follow treatment agreed with his specialist, with the aim of lining up for the start of the French GP at Le Mans,' read a Ducati statement.

Iannone commented: “In the end it was a useful two-day test and I am happy with how I was doing, even though unfortunately today at the end of the session I crashed at Arrabbiata 2 and banged my left shoulder pretty hard. In any case I'm satisfied with the way we are working, especially because the bike is still new and so we need to try different solutions in order to find the best set-up.”

Team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was also present for the test, arranged by Ducati in place of the official post-race test at Jerez. Ducati stated that both their riders 'lapped very close to the circuit record', a fitting response to their worst weekend of the season at Jerez.

The Andreas focussed on settings and electronic strategies for the Italian GP, held at the same circuit later this month, plus further positive tests on chassis modifications introduced at Jerez, which did not produce the expected results on the Spanish track.

“I am very happy with this test, because it helped us to understand the Desmosedici GP15 better,” Dovizioso declared. “In the first four GPs of this year, we have always tried to improve the bike, but it is very complicated to do this during the race weekend. Instead, having a day and a half to do so, in ideal weather conditions, gives you the possibility of knowing that you can work in the best possible way.

“The test confirmed to us that at Jerez we did not go in the right direction, and so we made a few modifications, found the right feeling again and we are fast here once again. For sure, we still have room to improve, but we've done a good job in any case and so we go to Le Mans feeling pretty confident.”

Dovizioso remains second in the championship despite his first podium-less race of the year at Jerez, with Iannone currently fifth with one rostrum.

Aprilia were also testing at Mugello.

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May 12, 2015 8:41 PM

TrueFan: I'd love to see Ducati become genuinely competitive!! That'd be almost worth all the years of suffering inferiority, compared to more advantaged marques,
Isn't it already apparent that the GP15 IS genuinely competitive?!?! :)

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