Iannone elated with Ducati parting gift


Andrea Iannone says delivering Ducati's first MotoGP win in six years is the perfect parting gift as his contract with the team comes to an end.

Iannone led home a Ducati one-two at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, the Italian team's first premier-class victory since Casey Stoner's at the 2010 Australian GP.

A maiden MotoGP race win came at the 61st attempt for Iannone, who was delighted with an historic win for the team as well as himself, as he prepares to make way for world champion Jorge Lorenzo in 2017.

"It's an incredible feeling," said Iannone. 

"It's very, very difficult to explain this emotion, my first MotoGP win with Ducati, I started on this bike in this category and I've worked for four years with this incredible group that supported me 100 per cent from the beginning.

"Now, I know I finish my contract at the end of this season, but I think this is a very good present."

Victory for Iannone was borne out of superior strategy to team-mate Dovizioso as a gamble on the softer tyre compound paid dividends.

"Yes, I'm disappointed about that," Dovizioso of being put on the medium compound.

"We worked very well. The bike was perfect, I was braking better than Andrea, but I didn't have the same grip on the right side especially at the end of the race. 

"Not because of the drop [degradation] but because the grip was less.

"I pushed really hard at the end, to try to be close on braking to overtake him, but I couldn't stay very close. I'm very disappointed about that.

"But for Ducati to come first and second is special."