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Iannone: “We still need to find something extra”

Iannone: “We still need to find something extra”

A top three finish in practice for Andrea Iannone has the Italian satisfied but looking for more in the coming days.

The first race weekend of 2016 is finally here for the MotoGP™ World Championship, the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar opening what is set to be an incredible season. It started well for Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) as the Italian completed Free Practice 1 in third. A time of 1’55.736 put him 0.296s back on Jorge Lorenzo’s (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) best time, cementing Iannone as one of only two riders with 0.3s of the Spaniard. There’s still a lot more to come as Iannone spent the entire session on the harder rear tyre.

With two more Free Practice sessions on Friday, Iannone will have plenty of time to improve and close the gap to Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi at the top. Corner entry is one area where Iannone and his team feel the can improve and make up some valuable time. Although Iannone set the third fastest time, his consistency was not at the same level as Lorenzo and this is another area he will need to improve ahead of the Sunday race.

Andrea Iannone: “Today we went well but didn’t improve on the time we set in the tests and so we still need to find something extra in order to be quicker and more competitive. It was in any case a positive session, even though towards the end we made a modification that didn’t give the results we had been hoping for but did help us get a clearer idea of the direction to take and the work we will have to do to make more improvements in corner turn-in under braking. I preferred to only use the hard rear tyre, seeing as we’ve still got a bit more margin, and tomorrow we’ll try and understand if we can also do the race on the soft tyre.”

MotoGP, 2016, COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team

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