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Iannone: “I am quite satisfied, but not with the result"

Iannone: “I am quite satisfied, but not with the result'

The Valencia test ends with Andrea Iannone leading the Ducati charge but unable to break into the top five.

Two days of official testing at the Valencia circuit signalled that the 2016 MotoGP™ World Championship is already underway as riders and teams looked to adapt to a variety of rule and technical changes. In 2016 all of the grid will run with Michelin tyres and a spec electronics package. Ducati, Yamaha and Honda will have seven engines to last the season with no in-season engine development allowed and all with 22 litres of fuel as Ducati are no longer given extra concessions. The majority of the two-day test was spent adjusting to the new 17-inch Michelin tyres, Andrea Iannone suffering several falls at Turn 3 and Turn 5 as he attempted to adapt his bike and riding style to the new rubber. The Michelin tyres offer great rear grip but riders have yet to adapt and many crashed as a result. With a time of 1’31.619, Iannone was the eighth fastest rider at the test and just over half a second slower than the fastest time.

As well as testing the new tyres Iannone also ran the new unified software, obligatory for all teams and riders to run in 2016. All of this work was performed on the GP15, Ducati wishing to fully understand the differences between the new tyres and software from a base they understand. Testing doesn’t stop for the Ducati Team as they head to the Jerez circuit before the testing ban begins on the first of December, however Iannone will not be there as he heads for surgery to resolve an ongoing shoulder issue. Ducati are set to debut the GP16 during the first Sepang test in early February as they hunt for their first victory since Casey Stoner in 2010.

Andrea Iannone: “I am pleased with how well I got used to the Michelin tyres: overall I’ve got quite a clear idea on the riding style you have to use and in next year’s tests I feel sure we will continue to make progress. Today we also tried the unified software and in the end it went well because I always managed to improve, and we did other chassis set-up tests, using the bike the way it was during the race weekend. I am quite satisfied, but not with the final result because my goal is to always be amongst the best, and instead a ninth place does not live up to my expectations.”

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