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Iannone: “It was a positive day, pity only about my crash”

Iannone: “It was a positive day, pity only about my crash”

Andrea Iannone carries on his form from the Australian GP to end Friday practice in fourth at the Malaysian GP.

The GP15 made its debut in Sepang during winter testing, the Malaysian track one of the few circuits where the Ducati Team already have data for with the new GP15. This allowed for Andrea Iannone to get immediately to work, ending FP1 just outside the all important 2’00s barrier and noticing decent improvement in both himself and the bike since testing. Throughout the day Iannone used the medium compound front tyre to assess how it may fare over race distance, currently it looks the best choice. As work continued in FP2, Iannone suffered a crash at Turn 7 and while unhurt this upset the Italian’s plan for the session and forced him to use his other bike.

Iannone made one of the biggest steps in the field in FP2, improving his time by almost a full second with the soft rear equipped and ending the opening day of practice fourth fastest. There’s still more work to do for Iannone and his team as race conditions for the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix could still be drastically different from today. Throughout the weekend grip around the Malaysian circuit will improve, teams and riders continually adjusting setup to account for the ever changing conditions.

Andrea Iannone: “All things considered it was a positive day, pity only about my crash at the start of the second session. The front closed up when I entered Turn 7 and I crashed: I’m sorry for the guys, who will now have to rebuild the bike. For the moment my pace on the track is good and this makes us hopeful for tomorrow. At the front I always used the medium compound tyre, which will probably be the one we’ll use in the race but now it will be important to know if the others have used the same tyre or the hard one.”

MotoGP, 2015, SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, FP2, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team

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