Pramac’s Andrea Iannone will be debuting a special helmet design for the Indianapolis GP (August 16-18) and fans of the Italian MotoGP rider can partecipate in a design contest that AGV has prepared so you can design his helmet
The contest goes from June 6th 2013 to June 28th 2013, and the designs will be evaluated and judged by Andrea Iannone, Fabio Muner (Marketing Gruppo Dainese S.p.A), Emiliano Taccioli (Industrial designer/stylist) – who will vote the most original design, and the connection and contextualization of the design with the MotoGP race and the Indianapolis circuit.
You can find the registration form and file that contains the Pista GP helmet that you can download on AGV’s website here.
Valentino Rossi wasn’t the only Italian rider who debuted a tribute helmet for the Mugello GP, Andrea Iannone has this special graphic design for his and his team’s home race.
Last year Iannone inflamed the Mugello when won the Moto2 race at the Italia circuit with his ‘Joe the Fireman’ leathers and helmet, but the MotoGP rookie is still having trouble finding the limit with his Desmosedici.
Iannone is also making fun of himself with three different graphics on his AGV Pista GP lid; as a rodeo rider on a bucking bull with Pramac colors, on his injuries with a batch of bandages - instead of returning to Dr. Mir to have his stitches/staples removed he pulled them out by himself with a pair of pliers - and on the rear is a tribute to Dr. Claudio Costa being interviewed by Sportmediaset’s pitlane reporter Paolo Beltramo who is asking the founder of the Clinica Mobile how is Iannone after his latest crash.
The Pramac rider qualified 13th in today’s QP1 session.
The Mugello race circuit and Gran Premio d’Italia TIM is considered Ducati’s home race and the Italian manufacturer will be out in full force for the weekend, with Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden and also Michele Pirro who will be out with GP13 ‘laboratory bike’ in another wildcard entry after replacing Ben Spies at Le Mans and taking an 8th spot.
Ben Spies will finally return to track with his Pramac team after missing the Jerez and Le Mans GPs and Andrea Iannone should be sufficiently recovered from his arm pump surgery with the twenty odd surgical staples taken out, and his knee should also be in much better condition.
Ducati’s factory team riders tested at Mugello for two day earlier this month and that should give them a big head start on set-up especially if the weather is sunny and dry, but we won’t be holding our breathe on the weather forecast, because there could be scattered showers over the three days.
Even if the weekend should be wet we’ve seen what Andrea Dovizioso can do as he gave Ducati their best result so far, after leading the French GP and only fading in the finale to fourth as the track dried and his tires went off, and with Hayden finishing fifth which gave the team the big confidence boost that they needed.
Pramac’s Andrea Iannone has confirmed that he will try to race in this weekend MotoGP round at Le Mans, France.
The MotoGP rookie underwent arm pump surgery a little more than ten days ago in Spain. Normally for professional riders recovery is rather quick, but the MotoGP rookie revealed that his operation was slightly more complicated than expected because the muscle was so deeply wrapped in the fascia, so Dr. Mir had to open his right forearm much more than they usually do, and much longer incision that required twenty staples.
Speaking to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Iannone said that he’ll probably have them removed after the French GP so he can prepare for his home round at Mugello. Describing his post surgery situation he said:
“After surgery, it was extremely painful. I couldn’t stretch my arm and didn’t have any strength.I couldn’t even write a text message on my mobile phone. Instead day after day, the situation began improving, but I still can’t have any draining massages done, but the pain has decreased and the extension increased. So I’m rather confident, but obviously the track will give me a clearer picture of my fitness.”
Iannone is hoping that the Le Mans weekend will be wet, because riding in the rain is physically less tiring:
“I tried to ride a maxi scooter and in acceleration in the muscle hurts, I’m counting on the rain because the Le Mans circuit is really quite twisty and riding in the wet is easier. “
Ahead of the Mugello GP, on May 29 at 7pm Andrea Iannone and team mate Ben Spies will be in the streets of the medieval Tuscan village of Casole d’Elsa to sign autographs and carry out interviews in Piazza della Libertà.
The event will kick-start the MotoGP weekend. Participation is free and the public is welcome, and there’ll be music and also a small appetizer. So if anyone is planning to attend the Grand Premio d’Italia keep in mind this event.
MotoGP followers know that Valentino Rossi, Andrea Iannone, Danilo Petrucci, Lukas Pesek and Stefan Bradl all wear AGV’s ultra modern Pista GP.
The AGV Pista GP was born on the racetrack and designed according to AGV’s own ‘Extreme Standards Helmets‘ and these above MotoGP riders talk about the improved features and virtues of using this helmet, from its lightness, the ventilation air takes that radically improves cooling, the visor that has been enlarged and extended upwards, which allows them to see better when they are tucked in behind the fairing or heading towards a turn.
Check out what four of the riders had to say about this helmet.
Pramac’s Andrea Iannone underwent arm pump surgery yesterday afternoon in Barcelona at the famed Hospital Universitario Quirón Dexeus.
The Italian rider has been suffering from compartment syndrome in his right forearm since the first race of the season which has been hampering his riding, and after his crash during the Jerez GP where he also injured his knee, decided that it was time to go under the knife.
Dr. Xavier Mir, renowned Spanish surgeon to many motorcycle racers performed the surgery both on Iannone’s arm but also debrided Iannone’s left knee that he injured during the final free practice on Saturday.
The Italian rider’s presence at Le Mans will depend on how fast he will heal, but Iannone speaking the official website following his surgery said he wants to be at the French GP even if he isn’t completely 100% fit, in order to prepare for his home race at Mugello.
“Dr. Mir has assured me that everything is fine and that the problem was there and it was real. Everything went well and will be hard to know in what conditions I’ll be in for Le Mans but I’m going to be there. Before the operation I thought I’d 100% fit for the French GP, but Le Mans isn’t the perfect track to return to action with all those tight turns … but I want to be there to prepare for Mugello,” said Iannone.
Andrea Iannone is currently spending two day at the Mazda Speedway at Laguna Seca with a Ducati 1199 Panigale, ahead of the this weekend’s Austin GP, is trying to acquire some knowledge of the ins and outs of the track, especially how to face the infamous and spectacular Corksrcrew before the July race.
However the first day for the Pramac Ducati rider didn’t go exactly according to plan, as ‘Crazy Joe’ only got four laps in and he tweeted the reason: “In laguna seca circuit i’m bandit because i didn’t respect the Black flag !! Only 4laps today ! Retry tomorrow”
A few days ago we told you about the latest evolution of the AGV Pista GP helmet, a pretty famous model because it is used, among others, by MotoGP star Valentino Rossi, who wowed the Qatar Grand Prix crowd last Sunday with an incredible comeback in the first race of the season (won by Yamaha’s team mate and reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo).
However, Rossi was not the only MotoGP rider to wear the top of the range helmet from AGV: fellow Italians Andrea Iannone and Danilo Petrucci as well as Czech rookie Lukas Pesek and German Stefan Bradl had one each too, and you can check the whole lot out in our photo gallery.
This product has been designed according to AGV’s own ‘Extreme Standards Helmets‘ project: rather than drawing the helmet starting from the outer shell, AGV performs a laser scan of the actual head of the rides, whose measures are translated into a digital format that will become the base around which they make the helmet. Basically, they start from there to develop the product from the inside outwards, adopting the most modern CAE/CAD digital design technologies to achieve the best performance while minimizing size and weight. The helmet is said to be more compact and lighter than its predecessors, offering improvements in terms of protection, ergonomics and comfort.
Pramac Ducati’s Andrea Iannone will be heading to the US a few days early, but he won’t be going directly to the Circuit of the Americas in Texas for next week’s second MotoGP round, instead he’ll spend two days at the Mazda Speedway in Laguna Seca learning the spectacular and difficult California track.
Iannone has never raced at Laguna Seca, because GP’s lower classes don’t race at the Laguna Seca so he’s going to try to learn the circuit before the July race, following in the footsteps of LCR’s Stefan Bradl who did the same last year when he too was a MotoGP rookie.
The Italian will riding a Ducati 1199 Panigale at the circuit and he’ll also be able to assess the condition of his right arm following a serious issue with arm pump that hampered his entire weekend in Qatar, and allowed him to finish only in 9th.
Source | infomotogp.com
MotoGP rookie Andrea Iannone is an extrovert and often reminds us a mix of a younger Valentino Rossi and the late Marco Simoncelli, rather rough-cut and with a devil-may-care and who gives a s@#t attitude.
The Italian rider was interviewed by Italian sports daily Tuttosport following his rather good results during last weekend’s MotoGP test in Jerez, where he finished eighth overall and was the second fastest Ducati rider, after getting pipped by 0.011s by the more experienced Andrea Dovizioso.
Talking about his relationship with the Desmosedici had a very interesting description about riding the Italian bike:
“It’s special. I talk to it. You don’t expect verbal answers, but sensations. And they are emotions. Whether they’re positive or negative. And I can say that all have them have been positive. Do a corner well and the adrenaline rises. It’s wonderful. It’s like having sex with a hot chick. “