Andrea Iannone has said it is “difficult to understand” the decision that denied him the chance to compete any further at Misano after the circuit doctor said ruled him out of the remainder of the race weekend on Saturday morning.
The Italian fractured his D3 vertebrae in a fast fall early into FP1, and there was some subsequent confusion as Dorna's MotoGP medical director Doctor Angel Charte felt Iannone could continue, only for the circuit doctor to intervene.
That same circuit doctor has advised Iannone to follow a 25-day recovery period that involves total rest. While acknowledging he will not be fully fit, Iannone intends to ride at Aragon in just under two weeks.
“I'm very disappointed. It's my home race. It's my last race at an Italian track, with an Italian bike in front of my people. For me this was a very important weekend and I expected a lot. The week before Silverstone we tested here and the impression was very good.
“In the end I decide for me, but not at 100 percent. The last opinion is from the doctor. Yesterday he declared me completely unfit but then when I arrive back at the circuit from Cesena they change their opinion. They said I was fit but to be reviewed.
“This morning at nine o'clock I come to the medical centre. After a 'Good morning' I said 'I'm ready for this practice.' But they said, 'No, you're not fit. Thank you very much!' I don't know why this all changed. It is difficult to understand this.
“The doctor from Misano only decides [on my fitness] for [the] Misano [race weekend]. But he said 25 days to relax. For me it's important to relax but I'll try my best to ride in Aragon. I think I won't be 100 percent recovered but I think I have a good possibility to arrive before the race, because it's very important for me.”
Explaining the confusion that surrounded Iannone's condition on Friday, he insisted on thanking Doctor Charte, who had supported him throughout the process.
“I think Charte is a very big man. He support me from the beginning and had a good point of view. He organised everything for me. When I arrive in Cesena I was a little surprised because the news coming out was 'Iannone is not fit.'
“When I came back I discussed with Charte. He explained to me that the doctor from the circuit decided. Charte wanted to check me. After this situation the doctor from Misano changed his opinion and said I was fit to be reviewed.
“In a way I'm responsible because this is my work. He said 'No, you don't have a condition to continue. I declare you unfit.' Normally the rider has a check up but I just talked to him. I understand it's difficult. For sure it's dangerous.”