Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone
Andrea Iannone, the top-finishing Ducati pilot in 2015 MotoGP (fifth, 188 points behind title holder Jorge Lorenzo), is preparing for the 2016 season by addressing some shoulder issues.
The 26-year-old Italian injured his shoulder during a testing crash at Mugello, and struggled with some pain for the remainder of the season. After consultation, doctors recommended surgery, but this would have required a three-month rest period before returning to MotoGP training.
But after speaking with Dr. Porcellini, Iannone has decided to opt out of surgery, and instead sspend three months strengthening his shoulder muscles. His goal is to be in top shape ahead of 2016 MotoGP.
Andrea Iannone declared: “I have taken my decision in the last few hours. I didn’t have any particular problems with my shoulder in the last few races and the second part of the season was positive when it came to my form. This winter therefore, as well as my usual training, I will do specific activities to strengthen the shoulder. Probably in a few years I’ll have to have an operation, but I didn’t want to run the risk of arriving at the start of the 2016 championship still in convalescence and so I preferred to delay it and focus on winter preparation aimed at strengthening the muscle area around my left shoulder.”
As a result, Andrea Iannone will now be present at the Ducati Team’s final test of this year, scheduled for the Jerez de la Frontera circuit on Friday, November 27.