Ducati's Andrea Iannone defied a shoulder injury to put the GP15 on the front row after an excellent ride to secure third place in qualifying for the Aragon MotoGP.

Iannone suffered a dislocated left shoulder during a training accident prior to the 14th round of the world championship but still managed to break into the top three.

The Italian's best lap in 1m 47.178s left him half-a-second down on pole man Marc Marquez as Iannone comfortably finished as the top Ducati rider, with Danilo Petrucci next best on the Pramac GP14.2 in ninth.

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His front row coup was in stark contrast to team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, who failed to make it out of Q1 on the second factory GP15 after being outdone by Pramac riders Petrucci and Yonny Hernandez.

"It is a really good performance today because I imagined before I came here that it would be a really difficult weekend for me because I have a lot of pain in my left shoulder," said Iannone.

"I tried to manage this situation today and so I am very happy about the result. In the other way I am really happy for the bike because in this weekend the start was a little bit difficult but on the second day in FP3 we improved a lot. We continued to improve in FP4 and this is really important for the race.

"It is a really difficult track but it is one of my favourites and I am really happy to ride in this track," he added.

"But for me, tomorrow is a really difficult race because the pain after 10 or 11 laps comes really strong, but I will try to manage the situation and I think the Clinica Mobile will help me a little bit for the race."

Iannone will have an operation on his shoulder at the end of the season and opted to wait until the championship is over to concentrate on securing fourth place in the standings.

"For sure I choose the end of the season because I fight for the fourth position in the championship and for me it is really important and I want to finish the championship at the best," he said.

"Compared to the first injury, the second one is better because when I don't ride, I don't have a lot of pain in normal life.

"But when I ride and especially in this track because the braking point is in the angles, and I push hard, I have pain."