Aprilia Racing Team Gresini contender finishes sixth in Australia.
Andrea Iannone has described leading the MotoGP field for a portion of a lap at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix as ‘thrilling’, the Italian rider equalling Aprilia’s best-ever result of sixth in the premier class.
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini rider, who qualified eighth behind teammate Aleix Espargao, put on an incredible charge in the early stages of the 27-lap encounter, passing Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) for the lead on lap four.
Iannone’ stint at the front was short-lived, as Crutchlow passed the number 29 back just ahead of the finish line, denying him being counted as the leader of the lap.
“It was a positive race for us, but we worked well throughout the weekend,” said Iannone. “I had a good feeling straight away and I realised from the first practice session that it would be a good opportunity for us. There were obviously many details that helped, beginning with the characteristics of this track, and it’s a pity about some contact in the finale.
“I lost a winglet and the bike was no longer perfectly balanced. But it was thrilling to ride the Aprilia out front and for that I wish to thank all the guys here and in Noale who are working their hardest and the CEO who supports us in our growth.
“I hope to be able to bring them more satisfaction. This is only my first season with Aprilia and it was not exactly simple, but we were never lacking in determination and commitment.”
Iannone result of sixth, paired with Espargaro’s eighth place finish, marks the best result two Aprilia’s have landed inside the top 10.