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Sixth fastest for Andrea Iannone as the Qatar Test closes, the factory Ducati rider ready to race.
Although not focusing on a time attack run, Andrea Iannone was still able to set an impressive 1’55.508 to end the Qatar Test as the sixth fastest rider. He may not have been the top Ducati rider, but Iannone's 18 consecutive lap run towards the end of the final day shows a solid race pace. The Italian produced a progression of 1’56s during his 52 laps on the final day, not the exact times he had wanted but a strong base. This work done over the three days has left the Ducati Team rider confident ahead of the first race weekend and although there are still areas to improve, Iannone feels his team have the data and know how to improve his Ducati further.
Racing begins on the 20th of March under the floodlights or Qatar, the Losail International Circuit one where Ducati have consistently gone well.
Andrea Iannone: “In the end these have been three days of positive tests and I am satisfied. We still have to understand a few things in view of the race, but I think that we have all the right cards to improve even more. For sure the data we picked up will be analyzed carefully in the next few days and I am confident that during the race weekend we can improve our competitive level even more. Today we didn’t do a time-attack and we didn’t use a soft rear tyre to set our time, but I’m not worried about my position in the standings because we were doing a different job. Even though the long-run didn’t go the way I expected, we have prepared well for the race and I am calm and confident about the start of the season.”
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