MotoGP: Iannone and Rins out to change their fortune in Texas

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The Suzuki MotoGP pairing of Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins say that they’re out to change their fortunes this weekend after a slow start to the season for both the MotoGP veteran and the rookie in the first two rounds of 2017.

Iannone has got 2017 off to a terrible so far after failing to score points in both the opening rounds, after first crashing out of the season-opener in Qatar while fighting for the lead and then suffering s ride-through penalty in Argentina for a jump start that left him last and out of the points.

“The start of the season has not been so positive for me in terms of just results, as I couldn’t get any championship points yet, but our performances have improved consistently in the last months and my feeling is that we are doing optimal work. The circuit of Austin may not be one of the best for our bike’s characteristics, but we have to work hard to be capable to adapt to any kind of circuit.


“This is a challenge that invigorates me, and I feel I have a good support from the Team. I’d really like to have a favourable weekend here in Austin. The atmosphere with the fans is amazing and I think we deserve better results than those we’ve reaped so far because we are doing a very good job.”

Rins had a better start to the year in Qatar, coming home top rookie and comfortably inside the top ten – but a broken ankle sustained in a training crash the week after means that Argentina was too much too soon – something he’s hoping to change at a track he loves this weekend.

“I have some very good memories of the Circuit of The Americas and the Austin GP. I enjoyed this track in the past in both of the categories I’ve raced so far, Moto3 and Moto2. The track is very wide, with the corners well connected to each other that make riding very fun. The tarmac usually has a good grip, and this is a good thing as it gives you high performance, but also tricky for tyre consumption.

“But, I hope this will help us to take full advantage of the potential of my GSX-RR. Austin becomes a very fun city for the race weekend: so many people come to see the race and the whole city is like a big party venue for the whole weekend. It’s a really enjoyable weekend.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer