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Iannone happy with third but looking for more

Iannone happy with third but looking for more

Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone has regularly shown his pace in practice already this season and he was third fastest on Friday at Mugello.

The young Italian rider is pumped up for his home race at the Gran Premio d'Italia TIM and is determined to recapture his form from earlier in the season after two recent DNFs.

Iannone saw three consecutively improving top ten finishes at the opening three rounds before being unable to finish the races at Jerez and Le Mans, but his consistent pace and his improved physical condition has been evident this year and he was amongst the frontrunners again in Friday practice.

The Ducati-equipped rider was 0.43s from pace setter Marc Marquez in FP1 but was frustrated not to be able to try a new setting in the afternoon session due to the damp conditions.

He commented, “I’m very happy for today because in the first practice I was fast and I’m pleased with my performance. I’m also happy with my feeling on the bike. I was disappointed by the second practice because it’s important to ride the bike, as the team and I wanted to change the bike in some small ways. I had a different setting for the second practice but I couldn’t try it.”

On whether Ducati has an advantage at Mugello with the manufacturer having tested there early in May, Iannone said, “Before this morning I thought we might have an advantage. Maybe a little advantage but the Honda and Yamaha is better. Marc (Marquez) was riding near me on the Honda and I could see that on the corners his bike was very fast. On my bike I had a lot of movement and it’s not possible to go as fast as him.”

MotoGP, 2014, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, Andrea Iannone, Pramac Racing

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