Sunday morning in Mugello is always surrounded by a buzz of excitement, and today was no different. As the riders headed out for the 15-minute warm-up session, Alex Rins, after suffering a shoulder injury on Saturday, used the session to get back into his rhythm.
Both riders opted to line up on the grid with the medium-soft tyre combination. And with temperatures of 29c and a crowd of over 90,000 people, the atmosphere was extremely hot. As the lights went out the Team SUZUKI ECSTAR riders made good starts and slotted into 4th and 6th on the first lap. The opening moments of the race saw high attrition and the riders tried to focus on settling into a strong rhythm. Both Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins had good pace and were able to stay with the competitive leading group. Alex Rins moved into 4th place. The Team SUZUKI ECSTAR pair then kept themselves in the Top 5 fight until the closing laps, where a determined Iannone gave his all to try for a podium finish at his home race. As the chequered flag came out, Iannone crossed the line 4th with Rins a close 5th.
“I’m really happy because I didn’t expect this result, yesterday I had a very bad crash and I hit my shoulder and lost strength. During the race I also struggled with it but I tried to keep my focus and think about the race and not about my shoulder, and I’m really happy with this 5th position. I took a lot of experience from this race, I managed it well with the high temperatures and the lack of grip on the front. I think we gave our best, we worked really well together with the team. Tomorrow I’ll have some more checks at the hospital and then try to recover for the Montmelo Grand Prix.”
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