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Iannone: “We must continue like this”

Iannone: “We must continue like this”

Fourth fastest and top Ducati for Andrea Iannone who focuses on frame assessment at the Qatar Test.

Now with two 2016 Desmosedici GPs in his garage, Andrea Iannone worked tirelessly throughout the first day of the Qatar Test, completing the most laps of any rider with 53. A best time of 1’56.119 came on his 53rd lap to put him in fourth and saw him finish as the leading Ducati. Despite the strong result, lap times were not the Ducati Team rider’s focus, the Italian instead turning his attention to comparing two frame variations on his Desmosedici GP. A calm approach to the test resulted in a successful day of testing with a variety of work completed.

With two days of the test still remaining, Iannone will look to get the most out of new tyres in preparations for his 2016 campaign. A successful test will be critical to a strong race come the 20th of March when the 2016 MotoGP™ World Championship begins under the flood lights of Qatar. Based on testing results and past form, both Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso finishing on the podium in 2015, many are expecting a strong showing from Ducati in the first round of the year.

Andrea Iannone: “All in all today went well, because we finally managed to get a lot of work done and find the answers we were looking for. We were able to evaluate two different types of frame that we had available for my Desmosedici GP and this is very important in view of the first race, but also for the future. Today we concentrated on putting in the laps, working calmly: my team is in great form, and we must continue like this in the next two days of testing, but above all I will have to succeed in understanding how to get the best out of the new tyres, because for the moment I can only manage to lap strongly on tyres that have done a lot of laps.”

MotoGP, 2016, QATAR MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, T1, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team

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