"Besides the position, which is my best result with Aprilia, I am especially pleased with the nice pace I maintained throughout the race. With better qualifiers, we would have had a chance for a much better finishing position. This result is the fruit of constant and consistent work, on my part and by the entire team. We have faced some difficult moments, but neither my commitment nor our reciprocal trust have waned. Today we are all happy and I wish to thank all the guys from Aprilia, but we certainly don’t think that this is enough. This is a good starting place and we need to keep working, improving and growing constantly, race after race."
ANDREA MAKES A NICE TOP TEN FINISH IN ASSEN
ALEIX ALSO IN THE POINTS JUST TWO WEEKS AFTER HIS ACCIDENT IN BARCELONA
With a race of pure consistency, Iannone rode his Aprilia RS-GP to a top-ten finish in the GP of Holland. Starting from the seventh row, Andrea lapped consistently with very good times, in certain stages of the race even at the same times as the fastest riders on the track. His performance in the race and a rediscovered feeling with his RS-GP allowed him to claw his way up no fewer than ten positions and take home the best placement yet of his budding history with Aprilia.
Aleix Espargaró rode a great race with heart and courage, making a very positive finish, considering the two fractures to his left leg and the damage to the ligaments in his knee, suffered in the Barcelona accident, which hindered him throughout the weekend. Despite decidedly difficult mobility in the saddle, Aleix gritted his teeth, staying with the group battling for the top ten and taking home a nice twelfth place in the end, earning more championship points.
"It was a very difficult race. I struggled from the beginning to move around on the bike because of the injuries to my left leg, and that penalised our performance. I used all the muscles I could, but it was difficult to turn the bike on a track like this one that is very physical. Now I will focus on recovering in order to arrive in Germany in better physical condition."