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Cycle News Issue 32 August 15, 2017

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P150 CN III IN THE PADDOCK BY MICHAEL SCOTT N ightmare came close at Brno. Thanks to excellently changeable weather (always a bonus for interesting results), there was a flag-to-flag bike-change race. In a nice wide pit lane, it should have gone smoothly. Until "The Maniac" arrived on his Suzuki. Iannone was within the pit- lane speed limit but still looked as if he was going to overshoot his pit. He swerved in, hard on the brakes. At the same mo- ment, Aleix Espargaro was leav- ing his pit, seemingly unsighted in the confusion. The pair touched, Iannone fell off, his bike, slid into teammate Rins's bike and knocked that over, too, Suzuki teamsters scattering. Mercifully nobody was hurt. Espargaro's Aprilia crew was blamed, probably correctly, for an "unsafe release," and the rider penalized by dropping three positions. But a different angle on the tangle far from ex- onerated Iannone, whose self- chosen "Maniac" nickname is all too often justified by events. But this was just one of sev- eral shambles, and it all seems rather unexpected at this level. German GP runner up Jonas THE PITS OF DESPAIR AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

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