Having set a new MotoGP top speed record in Saturday morning practice for the Mugello MotoGP, Andrea Iannone concluded the day with a further high courtesy of a debut front row start.

The Pramac Ducati rider, who reached 349.6 km/h (217.2mph) in FP3, qualified second on the grid for his home event after maximising the special soft rear tyre and some useful slipstreaming.

"I am very happy because it is an incredible performance for me, my team and Ducati," said Iannone. "It is very beautiful. Mugello is a special track for me and Ducati.

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"I think it will be very difficult tomorrow because after five or six laps the tyre [grip] drops down and Honda and Yamaha have a little better pace. But I will try to do my best and it will be very important for me not to crash!"

Iannone claimed a career best sixth in Argentina, but has fallen in both races since.


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Slipstreaming Pedrosa I believe? Anyway, impressive, deserved Front-row

MM was constantly following Iannone around to learn how to ride a bike here I guess :-)