Ian­none pleased to be back

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The week­end might have ended more ig­no­min­iously for Dovizioso’s team-mate An­drea Ian­none, but the Aus­trian Grand Prix win­ner still walked away from Sepang pleased with his ef­forts de­spite crash­ing out of the race at the half­way point.

Mark­ing his re­turn to race ac­tion since break­ing his back in free prac­tice for his home race at Misano in Septem­ber, Ian­none was de­lighted to have dis­played such strong pace.

He said: “I’m very happy, be­cause I rode for more than half the race at the front, I rode with Valentino, and I came back from four races not sure of what my per­for­mance would be. Sure, it was pos­si­ble to ar­rive at the podium in third place, but Mar­quez and Crutchlow’s crashes were on the same lap as me. If I had seen on my pit­board that they had crashed out I would have slowed down – but it was im­pos­si­ble for me to see that.

“For sure, I had a good ad­van­tage on Jorge, but in any case it’s im­por­tant for me to come back in this way, to ride in both the wet and the dry and to be fast – and for me to show that my con­di­tion is the best it could be.”

And while crash­ing out of podium con­tention wasn’t part of the plan, he also ad­mit­ted that it came sim­ply as a re­sult of not hav­ing enough time on the bike, as Ian­none chose to sit out a wet free prac­tice ses­sion to re­duce the chances of fur­ther dam­ag­ing his still­heal­ing ver­te­brae.

“I asked a lit­tle more of the front tyre in brak­ing than I should have, and I lost the front,” he added. “But that’s be­cause I didn’t ride dur­ing free prac­tice two, and we didn’t have the chance to try some­thing to im­prove the grip on the rear. I asked the team, but we didn’t have time to try the dif­fer­ent set­ting that Dovi used with some more weight over the rear.”

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