Andrea Iannone's weekend got off to a bad start when he was forced to park his smoking Ducati GP15 on the out lap of morning practice in Argentina.

But the Italian swiftly recovered to set the second fastest time in both sessions, finishing the day 0.535s behind Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro.

"In the second practice I had two settings," he explained. "The different setting improved a little bit the feel, grip and stability of the bike.

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"I am happy to improve my performance a bit, but I think we are still not able to fight at 100% with the top riders. But okay I have more time to talk with the engineers and think of some ideas."

Iannone, who took a debut MotoGP podium in Qatar, also spent some fun laps dicing with Cal Crutchlow, but could offer little insight into the engine failure. "I just saw the oil warning light and stopped the bike."

Ducati, Suzuki and Aprilia riders are allowed 12 rather than five engine changes due to their technical concessions, but use of the Open class regulations also mean they do not have access to the new extra-hard rear Bridgestone tyre.

Iannone's team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was fifth quickest on Friday.


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looks like its time to make the VW-Ducati a full Aprilia by putting in an Aprilia engine :-)