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Andrea Iannone was happy with the work done in Sepang as he finished in eighth despite some teething problems with the Desmosedici GP.
Andrea Iannone had to wait until late morning to take to the track on the third and final day of tests at Sepang, because of the damp track conditions following overnight rain. Once the test was underway he continued development work and adapting the Michelin tyres to the new Desmosedici GP. The Italian had a harmless crash in the morning while carrying out a back-to-back test on last year’s bike, and then a sudden downpour stopped activity at around 1 pm and the riders had to wait until the track was dry before they could go out again.
He then continued the test concentrating on the 2016 Desmosedici GP bike, but unfortunately late in the afternoon a few technical problems prevented both of them from improving.
Iannone managed to set a 2’01.233 on Wednesday, which meant he was 8th on the timesheets having completed 38 laps. Overall his 2’01.052 from the second day was his best time as he completed 126 laps in total over the three days and was also eighth on the combined times.
Andrea Iannone: “In the end this test was a bit unusual because instead of concentrating only on the bike, we gave priority to the work with the new tyres that Michelin had brought and I am satisfied with the progress we made in this area. It was however an important test because it helped us to get to know the new bike but also find out a few teething problems that emerged with the Desmosedici GP. Today we had a positive day even though, at the end, I was unable to do a quick lap because I was slowed by minor issues. We’ll shortly be in Australia for the next test and I am confident that the data we gathered here will help us to improve the bike even more.”
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