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Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) may have finished the Phillip Island test outside the top ten on the timesheets, but the Italian left the Island satisfied with the program completed and positive about the countdown to Qatar.
Concentrating on longer runs on the final day of action, the “Maniac” used his tyres on that instead of a time-attack all-out laptime, ending the test with a best of 1:29.547.
Andrea Iannone, P13: “We understand more-and-more the direction we need to take for the future. I managed a very constructive long run where we could put together all the information collected in these three days and I must say the result was not bad at all. Obviously, I couldn´t take advantage of the new tyres for a proper time attack. I ruined the front tyres as I used them so much for the long run attempts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Therefore, my position in the classification is not the one I’d like, but looking overall, we did a good job. We are working on the electronics but not just there. We have many areas where we can make big or small improvements, and we are trying to fix everything. These kinds of tests require time and patience. It is like being a test rider more than a race rider. It is hard to be in the position of tapping the bike´s full potential, but I’m confident that in Qatar we will reap the benefits of this hard work.”
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