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Come Q2, Andrea Iannone couldn’t quite challenge for pole position but remains in contention for the race.
Both Free Practice 3 and 4 were topped by Andrea Iannone, the Italian looking like an odds on favourite to take pole position later in the day. A bit of smart riding saw him get in behind Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and benefit from his lines and slipstream. Iannone managed a best time of 1’46.607, good enough for third place on the grid but unable to put it on pole position. This is Iannone’s third straight front row start at Mugello in the MotoGP™ World Championship. Given his pace in Free Practice 4, Iannone’s chances of challenging for victory still remain high. It looks set to be a tight race, as all of the top five appear able to challenge for victory and the grunt of the Ducati could be the deciding factor if it comes down to a race out of the final corner. There's no doubt that Iannone and Ducati have the potential to finish on the podium, the combination just need to avoid incidents as in previous races.
Andrea Iannone: “It’s always positive to start from the front row but last year I went much better in qualifying! Seriously speaking, I expected to struggle during the one-lap sprint, because my bike slides about quite a bit at the front and so when I’m looking for cornering speed the steering tends to close and I also took a few risks. But we have a very good race pace and we did a really excellent FP4 session in hot weather, which wasn’t easy. This was the first real session when we weren’t at the top, but, but all things considered so far the weekend has been very positive for us: we started off well and I am convinced I can do a good race tomorrow.”
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