Tuesday, August 18


Andrea Iannone was hampered by a fault in his Ducati at Brno.
An admission by Ducati Corse General Manager Luigi Dall'Igna that a fault with Andrea Iannone's machine at last weekend's MotoGP race at Brno slowed his pace shows that series points leader Valentino Rossi may still have luck on his side.

Rossi has lead the MotoGP title chase since the first round at Qatar but his Movistar Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo has been recovering lost ground and by winning the race in the Czech Republic, has drawn level with the Italian at the top of the table.

In the race, Iannone on the first of the factory Ducatis, was fourth, just 2.67 seconds behind Rossi.

But according to Dall'Igna, the fault with Iannone's machine was costing him around two tenths of a second each lap.  Over 22 laps that is 4.4 seconds.

Dall'Igna said the fault was with the variable intake system that was not opening fully and thus was knocking top-end off its performance.

"Iannone did a great race, fighting right until the very end, and I am really sorry about the final result because he had a problem with the engine of his GP15 that limited the performance somewhat," Dall'Igna revealed.

"Unfortunately there was a glitch with the variable trumpet intake system and this led to the loss of some power: we calculated that Iannone probably lost a couple of tenths a lap, and so we lost a great chance to be up front and try to get onto the podium.  In any case I believe that the positive outcome of this weekend is that here at Brno we finally found our competitiveness again.  Pity about Dovizioso, who unfortunately never found the right feeling with his bike, but next week we will do a test at Misano before leaving for Silverstone, which will help us prepare for our home GP in the best possible way, and in any case we remain optimistic for the next few races.”

Andrea Dovizioso led Valentino Rossi and his team-mate Iannone early in the race.
Both Ducati Team men had positive races in the Czech Republic Grand Prix, round 11 of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship at Brno.

Iannone as mentioned was fourth while Andrea Dovizioso was sixth after holding on to fifth place until the final lap when Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa finally got by.

In the Riders’ standings, Iannone remains fourth on 142 points, while Dovizioso is still in sixth position with 104. Ducati is third in the Constructors’ table, with 167 points.

“We have to be optimistic about the result because I believe I did the best I could do," Iannone said.   "It was a race in which I could have fought for the podium and so we really have to find out what happened, seeing as my engine didn’t have as much sprint as it did during the rest of the weekend.  I was losing a lot on the straights and so I had to make up time by pushing too hard with the braking.  In any case I am pleased to have obtained this result despite the problem, because it means that we have reached an excellent set-up on my GP15.  Together with the team we have been able to improve the bike in each session and we have done an incredible job.  Finally we are back to being competitive again and this gives us a lot of motivation for the next few races.”

Doviziosi was also happy with his performance admitting that before the race he "didn’t have a great feeling with my GP15."

He said he was bothered by the bike not turning the way he wants it to.

"This is a big handicap because I am not able to push hard, and that is what happened to me today in the race<" Dovizioso said.  "Next week we will be testing at Misano which will surely also be useful to try and solve these problems.”