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ARAGON GRAND PRIX SEES

ARAGON GRAND PRIX SEES SUZUKI THIRD AND FOURTH

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Team Suzuki Ecstar enjoyed a successful weekend at the Grand Prix of Aragon, with both Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins battling for the win, with Iannone eventually finishing third, as Rins just missed out on the podium in fourth.

In the early stages Iannone was pressuring the leaders, but was passed by his teammate Rins, who challenged at the front.

He was re-passed by Iannone, who again sat on the tails of Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso, looking for a mistake to capitalise on, and briefly led down the back straight with just a handful of laps to go.

In the end he finished on the podium in third, his third podium of the season and the team's first at Aragon, while Rins took his second consecutive fourth place.

Iannone said afterwards, "I think we put in a really good performance. I’m very happy about my race, I was fighting and pushing at 100% at the end of the race, but only at the end, because in the earlier laps I wanted to conserve the tyres; so I tried to manage the throttle and my riding style because I knew it would be really important to have tyre life in the last laps.

"I think my strategy worked really well and the team and I have worked hard together. We were losing out down the straight but we’re so happy to return to the podium after some disappointing races."

Alex Rins added, "“I'm very happy and the weekend has been very productive for the whole team. The race has been a very nice fight. I have learnt a lot battling in front and following Márquez and Dovizioso and also fighting with Andrea. It has been great.

"This result is good motivation to keep pushing, and especially in Thailand which is a track that I like a lot."