Pramac Ducati's MotoGP rookie Andrea Iannone, like factory Desmosedici riders Nicky Hayden
and Andrea Dovizioso, will continue on the standard version of the GP13 at Assen this weekend.
But the young Italian is keen to make the switch to the development 'lab' bike in the near future, which is currently being race-tested by temporary team-mate Michele Pirro.
“I'll still use the same bike I rode since the Sepang II test, and although I would've liked to try the GP13 'lab' bike, maybe that will happen shortly,” said Iannone. “I was able to try it in Barcelona for about ten laps and at Mugello for a whole morning; it's not so much better, but I think there are some good points that I'd like to make better still.”
Multi-Moto2 race winner Iannone's best result remains a ninth place in the Qatar season opener.
“Looking at the data, I've learned a lot so far: for example, getting the bike back up more quickly out of corners so that I can start accelerating earlier,” he explained. “The results aren't yet satisfactory, as I expected much more from Mugello and especially Barcelona, but that's how things went. At Catalunya, I felt good and wanted to push; I knew that the track had changed for the race, but I wanted to try. Now we go back to work, and we'll try again.”
Assen will be Ducati test rider Pirro's fifth race of the season, having appeared twice as a Ducati wild-card and twice as a Pramac stand-in for the injured Ben Spies.
"I'm happy to be able to continue racing, and at the same time the development of the 'lab' bike, as this allows me to get important data and information,” said the Italian, who finish seventh at Mugello.
“I'm ready to do a good job during these three days, because in Barcelona I worked harder than expected. I'll do my best, and I'd definitely really like to thank the team and Ducati for the opportunity and the trust placed in me.”