11 November 2015
Valencia MotoGP Test: Iannone: More wheelies, more slides - it's fun
'The bike has more wheelie and more slide and when you ride this is really fun, but the lap time is worse and this is not so good' - Andrea Iannone.
Ducati's Andrea Iannone talked up the fun factor of riding the Desmosedici GP15 with the new control ECU and Michelin tyres as the Italian completed the official two-day MotoGP test at Valencia.
Iannone, whose season ended on a sour note as he crashed out of fourth place in Sunday's final race of the season at the Ricardo Tormo circuit – blowing any hopes he had of clawing back the two-point deficit to Dani Pedrosa to finish fourth in the championship standings – was ninth fastest overall with a lap in 1m 31.619s on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old said that although the lap speeds were currently slower than he had achieved using the Bridgestone rubber, riding the Ducati was more fun with more rear-end sliding and wheelies resulting from the switch to the new electronics software.
“Not so bad, I think the feeling with the bike and with the tyres especially is really good and for sure I want to improve a little bit the bike and the tyres,” said Iannone, who slid off at turn 5 in the morning.
“But I think with a day and work especially this improve. Today was the new electronics and I am happy about this because yes, I have a little less performance, but when you ride a little bit more you enjoy because the slide is a bit more with the control of the throttle and also the [wheelie]. So, the lap time is worse but for the rider is good.
“For sure the factory [ECU] have a little more feeling because I use for longer and I think the new software is a little bit more difficult because of the slide and the wheelie, but it's the same for everybody,” Iannone added.
“[It is] more fun because the bike have more wheelie and more slide and when you ride this is really fun, but the lap time is worse and this is not so really good, but I think for sure the time improve.”
Iannone said that while the control ECU was still much better than the electronics he used in Moto2, his first impressions of the traction control of the Magneti Marelli system were 'not really good'.
“Not really good because is first time today I use and with the other tests for sure [we] improve the setting and electronics,” said Iannone.
“For the first time not so bad, but I think for everybody because I look at everybody on the track and also bad.”
Iannone, whose Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was 15th fastest with a lap in 1m 31.967s, said he was not particularly satisfied with his overall finish on the time sheets in his final test of 2015.
“We did other chassis set-up tests, using the bike the way it was during the race weekend. I am quite satisfied, but not with the final result because my goal is to always be amongst the best, and instead a ninth place does not live up to my expectations.”
Dovizioso and test rider Michele Pirro will undertake more work during a final test at Jerez later this month, with Dovizioso on track for one day only on November 27 before the the two-month test ban kicks in from December 1.
Pirro will complete three days' testing in total, although Iannone will miss out as he prepares to undergo an operation on his left shoulder on Tuesday, November 17.
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