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Sepang II MotoGP Test: GP15 is only choice for Iannone

Ducati rider wants to focus on all-new GP15 in Qatar after praising Desmosedici's 'agility' compared to GP14.3
Andrea Iannone echoed the sentiments of team-mate Andrea Dovizioso by stating that he wants to kick-start the 2015 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar with Ducati's new GP15.

Iannone, fourth fastest on the third and final day of the second Sepang test with a superb lap in 1m 59.722s – 0.607s behind the Honda of Marc Marquez – was clear that he feels it is more beneficial to race with Ducati's new Desmosedici at Losail rather than revert back to the GP14.3.

Ducati Corse general manager Gigi Dall'Igna had previously said he would prefer to make a decision over which bike would be raced in Qatar after the GP15 had been tested at a different circuit other than Sepang, but Iannone and Dovizioso seem to have made their minds up already.

“I am so happy because my GP15 improves a little bit more, I tried a different setting and I pushed a little bit more my limit,” said Iannone.

“It was not so bad and the feeling in this moment is really good but I think it is possible to improve.

“I think the GP15 is better in the agility and I think this is really important for me because the GP14.3 is really difficult in this point. It is more easy for the race and I want to continue with the GP15 and I want to go with this bike.”

Dovizioso was experiencing some problems in the last stages of braking, which the Italian chalked up to a less than perfect setting with the weight distribution of the GP15.

However, for Iannone, the problem did not seem so troublesome, and he highlighted the need for better traction on corner exit as a more pressing matter.

“I am not so bad in the braking point, but yes I want to improve a little bit the stability of the bike in the braking, but [it is] not so bad,” said Iannone.

“I prefer to try a little bit deeper the traction in the last part of the corner for the better acceleration, but I don't know if this is possible but I'm happy for today.

“I think at this moment the bike has many problems but it is completely new and the character has completely changed. I don't completely understand the character of this bike [in relation to] this problem [stability in latter part of braking.]

“But step by step the bike is improving and my feeling is coming better.”

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February 25, 2015 10:42 PM

Welcome back Ducati! Great to see another manufacturer with the potential to be challenging for podium!! C'mon Suzuki, you're not too far off... Aprilia, well, maybe let Melandri go back to WSBK and hire a fast kid off Moto2. It's not too late to avoid the wooden spoon.

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