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Iannone: “I could have done a bit better”

Iannone: “I could have done a bit better”

Top Ducati and fourth overall provide Andrea Iannone with a strong base to work off at the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

A disappointing weekend in Japan ended with a technical problem for the hyper consistent Andrea Iannone, halting a season long run of top ten finishes. The Italian is determined to return to the great form that sees him sit fourth in the world standings. The Ducati Team spent much of the day experimenting with the layout and configuration of their four winglets, Phillip Island's high winds causing issue. Unfortunately riders were forced back into the pits on several occasions as spits of rains fell, though this was exclusively in Free Practice 1. Free Practice 2 was held on a fully dry surface and saw all the MotoGP™ riders improve their times.

Not only was Iannone’s single lap pace strong, but his race pace also looks highly competitive. Bridgestone bring a special asymmetric front slick to Phillip Island due to the unique demands on the Australian circuit, Iannone fitted this asymmetric tyre to produce his fastest lap of 1’29.544 to put him fourth overall. The Italian was just 0.161s shy of the top spot and heads into Saturday practice with clear aims. Electronics and ride-ability are the two main areas Iannone and his Ducati team are focused on improving.

Andrea Iannone: “After this morning’s session, it was important for us to get an idea of the direction to take for the set-up. Maybe I could have done a bit better today, but in the end it’s OK the way it is. Tomorrow I hope we will manage to make a further step forward, especially with ‘rideability’ and electronic management, because we want to go even quicker, be more constant and improve our pace.”


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