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Iannone: “We always used the same tyres throughout”

Iannone: “We always used the same tyres throughout”

Immediately on the pace in Austin, Andrea Iannone was one of the few riders who looked capable of challenging Marc Marquez.

Free Practice at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas saw the return of double winglets on Andrea Iannone’s Desmosedici GP. The Austin track has many areas requiring heavy acceleration; especially the exit of Turn 11, and with heavy acceleration often comes a desire for the bike to wheelie. Winglets are designed to help keep the front end down and for the first time in 2016 Ducati employed both sets. With his winglets firmly fitted, Iannone produced a 2’04.740 aboard his Ducati Team factory machine, 0.706s back on session leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). It’s clear that the Spaniard is a step above the rest, but Iannone was able to open up a comfortable 0.155s leader over Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) in third.

There’s still plenty of room to improve, especially in the third sector where Iannone is losing up to four tenths of a second. Having been awarded a three place grid penalty after the Argentina race, Iannone needs a front row start to ensure he starts inside the top six to make sure he is able to stay with the leading group.

Andrea Iannone: “My FP2 session was positive and we succeeded in improving a lot on this morning. We always used the same tyres throughout the session and lapped almost one second quicker on race pace. Obviously we still have some situations to analyze in detail: for example we have to improve a bit in T3, where I’m losing three or four tenths, but all in all I am fairly happy. It will be important to continue to work in this direction, because we started off well this morning and I’ve got an incredible feeling with my crew.”

MotoGP, 2016, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, FP2, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team

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