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Andrea Iannone on his WorldsSBK Superpole Race battle

The Italian continued to impress during his comeback season, fighting for the podium in all three races in Barcelona.

Andrea Iannone’s (Team GoEleven) strong start to his rookie season continued at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya despite a crash in Race 2 which dropped him from podium contention, with ‘The Maniac’ claiming fourth in Race 1 and second in the stunning Tissot Superpole Race fight. Speaking after his second MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship round, Iannone discussed his weekend and being competitive so quickly which he admitted he wasn’t expecting just two rounds into his debut campaign.

Iannone was one of ten riders who went under the pole lap record in Saturday’s Tissot Superpole session to line up from second and fought at the front in the early stages in what turned into a strategic race. Eventually dropping into P4 behind Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) and the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati duo of Nicolo Bulega and Alvaro Bautista who completed the podium, it was a race where the #29 had to learn as he went given his lack of experience on Pirelli tyres at a track where managing them is crucial.

In the Superpole Race, the #29 took advantage of Razgatlioglu passing Bautista at the final corner to overtake the #1 on the run to the line as he moved into second, with Bautista finding himself demoted from first to third in a matter of seconds. P2 continued Iannone’s run of podium finishes, now counting one in Australia and one in Barcelona. In Race 2, he was running in third before a Turn 10 tumble took him out of the race but showing strong pace left him happy overall.

Reviewing his weekend, Iannone said: “I’m really happy about the weekend. We tried to find something more compared to Race 1 in the long race. We found something in the rear. We were in front, and I struggled a little bit more with the front tyres in Race 2. In any case, it’s always like this. This is the game. We take risks to improve. We didn’t improve like we wanted but we gained experience and information, and this race was difficult because I don’t have a lot of experience with these tyres. At the end of the weekend, I’ve learnt.”

The Superpole Race went down to the wire between Razgatlioglu, Iannone and Bautista, with the GoEleven Ducati rider finding a gap between the #54 and #1 to claim second place after running in third on the run into the right-hand corner of Turn 14. When asked about this fight, Iannone spoke about how fighting in the short race is different and how he’s ahead of his expectations in terms of where he thought he’d be fighting.

Iannone added: “The Superpole Race is like a boxing match. Every corner, everybody overtakes me. I overtook one more time… the short race is always like this. It’s a great fight, it’s really fun. I’m happy about the result. In the end, I’ve come back now, and I didn’t expect, in the second round, to be at this level. We need to continue to improve and work but when you are close, the last details are always difficult to achieve.”

Posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2024 in News

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