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Iannone: “I expected to struggle less”

Iannone: “I expected to struggle less”

Andrea Iannone left frustrated on the opening day of the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Hungry to battle with the top MotoGP™ World Championship riders, Andrea Iannone was left disappointed despite ending the opening day of practice in fourth. The Italian set a 1’31.444 to end Friday just 0.333s behind leader Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha). Between the two sessions Iannone was able to improve his time by almost 0.8s with only small modifications to the setting of his GP15. After a mechanical issue ended Iannone’s race in Malaysia, the Ducati Team rider is hoping for a return to the form which saw him excite fans with wild overtakes in the Australian GP. The morning session was spent entirely on medium tyres to assess his performance over race distance.

For FP2 Iannone fitted the softer option rear tyre to set a fast time and was able to progress well. The 2014 race saw Iannone lead the opening laps of the Valencia GP before spits of rain caused the Italian to pit for a change of tyres, a moved that proved to be an error. He is hopefully of repeating his start in 2015, and avoiding the disappointing end to his race. With weather predicted to stay dry on Sunday, it doesn’t appear as though Iannone will have to contend with rain again.

Andrea Iannone: “In the end it was a good day, but to be honest I expected to struggle less and be a bit closer to the leaders. In any case I am quite satisfied because the weekend has just begun and we managed to improve from this morning by only making a few small modifications, which were very beneficial. We got closer to the front and so we will continue in this direction to gain some more tenths, in order to be ready for Sunday.”

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