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Iannone: “We were competitive right out of the box”

Iannone: “We were competitive right out of the box”

A pleasant first day for Andrea Iannone at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan as he finishes as top Ducati.

Throughout history Ducati riders have gone well at Motegi, the Italian manufacturer has taken four wins at the Japanese circuit with their last coming at the hands of Casey Stoner in 2010. The 2015 edition of the race started on a positive note for Iannone and all of his Ducati Team members as he ended Friday practice in third overall. A time of 1’45.043 saw the Italian finish just 0.312s shy of Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha) and on the edge of the 1’44 bracket. Warm weather during both sessions produced nearly ideal conditions and Iannone made the most of it as he explored various options on his GP15.

Iannone is hopefully of continuing his form into Qualifying on Saturday, on three occasions in 2015 the Ducati rider has qualified on the front row, including last time out at the Aragon GP. With Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) riding wounded and having suffered a disastrous Aragon GP, third in the MotoGP™ World Championship is within touching distance as he is just 12 points behind Marquez.

Andrea Iannone: “Today was quite a positive day for me. We were competitive right out of the box this morning and our bikes proved to be fast and have a good performance. This is very important for the work that we are doing and for the way my bike behaves: I think that this circuit manages to highlight our strong points, and so we are satisfied. Let’s hope we can continue along this path tomorrow, improve a bit more and always be as close as possible to the guys at the front.”

MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, FP2, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team

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