Andrea Iannone continued the Ducati GP14.2's impressive debut by claiming a front row start for Sunday's Aragon MotoGP.

Only Pramac's Iannone and 2015 Factory team-mate Andrea Dovizioso have the evolution bike available - with which they each led a session on Friday.

Dovizioso then fell in qualifying, but Iannone took third on the grid with a lap 0.498s from pole sitter Marc Marquez - albeit while using the special soft rear tyre not available to the Factory class Honda and Yamaha riders.

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"It's always important to start for the first row and I'm very happy. I hope for a good start and I'll try my best for the race," said the Italian.

"I used the soft tyre in qualifying, which helped me a lot. The bike's turning improved a lot as well as more grip from the soft tyre, but it's true for the race I won't use this tyre. But I'm happy with my race pace and I think tomorrow we can fight for a good result."

Asked about the differences between the slimmer GP14.2 and standard GP14, Iannone replied: "The engine has more power, but the chassis is very similar."

Although he had used the soft rear tyre, Iannone set his best lap time without a tow - having been thwarted in his efforts to follow Marquez. "In the last run I was waiting to follow Marc, but he didn't want to push! So I went on my own and improved my lap time."

Iannone best MotoGP result is a fifth place, which he has claimed three times in the last five rounds.

Dovizioso will start from ninth on the grid with present team-mate Cal Crutchlow, who does not have the 14.2, qualifying fifth.


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The new Ducati and factory Honda have the power and they seem to be able to put it on the tarmac.