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MotoGP Aragon: Iannone shrugs off injured shoulder for fighting fourth

Riding with a recently dislocated left shoulder, Andrea Iannone rides to a heroic fourth place at Aragon
For the second time in 2015 Andrea Iannone arrived at a grand prix weekend with a recently dislocated shoulder. And for the second time he showed few signs of the injury, producing a battling performance to secure a fighting fourth place MotoGP finish at Aragon.

A training accident was to blame for this recent dislocation but like Le Mans and Mugello earlier in the year, Iannone put pain to one side to take second place on the run to the first corner, before hanging gallantly to Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi for half of the 23 laps.

Mid-race, Iannone even began to reel in Rossi in third, but front tyre wear forced him to ease off and settle for the 13 points that come with fourth, 17 seconds ahead of team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.

“I am really happy with this race,” said a buoyant Iannone. “It was a really great performance from me and my team this Sunday. For sure I try to fight for the podium but it wasn't easy. I tried my best, especially in the middle part of the race. I close a little the gap to Valentino and Dani. In the last part it was difficult for me because the feel with the front tyre is less. I didn't have a good feeling with it, because I used them a lot to close the gap.

“Apart from this I'm so happy because the Clinica Mobile helped me a lot with the painkillers and this is really important for my performance. When you ride for 23 laps with this shoulder this situation is really difficult to manage. The Clinica Mobile worked well and this result is the best for the moment.”

The Italian went on to reveal he had an anesthetic injection before the race which numbed his left shoulder, eradicating any pain through the 23 laps. Asked whether he felt he could have challenged for second had he been fully fit, Iannone refused to blame his injury for failing to stand on the podium.

“Vale and Dani have two or three tenths more than me and this is the basic need for the fight for the podium. I don't have their pace. For sure I tried but I didn't have. I risked a little bit to follow them but this is the best result I could give today. I think it's difficult to give my best.”

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September 28, 2015 3:38 PM

Iannone has been an absolute hero this season. Right from Valencia last year during the test I felt he'd become the superior rider in the team and he's done that and more. Impressive stuff from a guy who in Moto2 was inconsistent yet showing splashes of brilliance. Hope he holds on to 4th overall!

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