MotoGP, Iannone: “They took away my bikes, the worst thing they could do”

“Returning to the paddock was emotional. I'm not giving up and I’m training. I don’t understand Vinales’ ups and downs. Quartararo feels the pressure.”


For the first time this year, Andrea Iannone is on track. Obviously, not as a rider but as a spectator. The rider from Vasto is in the Aprilia team’s garage to support the riders in Misano, and he talked about how he felt in an interview with Sky.

I’m happy. I was excited to be back in the paddock this morning,” has explained. “ It’s not easy to stay away from this world, but I’m not giving up, and I continue to train. I just miss riding, being on a bike. The most frustrating thing is not being able to do it even with a road bike on the track. It’s the worst thing they could do to me, like taking a microphone away from a singer. But it’s been about a month now that I've been feeling better. I’m able to think about it less, but it weighs on me, because I want to get back on the bike as soon as possible, and Aprilia is waiting for me. This is my life.

Andrea also talked about the championship.

 “It’s a nice but unpredictable World Championship,” Iannone explained. " I’m pleased that KTM is ahead because they played it out against us last year, so it can be done. Seeing Valentino fast is always a pleasure, like seeing Bagnaia ride like that. I would have liked to have been on the track with them too.

Lastly he commented on Vinales’ and Quartararo’s difficulties.

 “Vinales is a very strong rider. I don’t know why he's had serious ups and downs in the race in the past too, after being very fast during practice and testing,”  Andrea stated.” I don’t understand why. I don’t think he’s feeling pressure. Quartararo, on the other hand, needs to be calmer. He’s really young and feels more pressure.”


Translated by Leila Myftija

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