Although he was present at Jerez for just a single day, Andrea Iannone confirmed his liking for the feel of Michelin's new tyres on Friday as he focused on machine set-up.
The majority of the MotoGP contingent is still coming to terms with the different properties of the Michelin front, with the front end falls in the Valencia and Jerez test underlining as much, but Iannone described his feelings with the new front and rear tyre as “really good.”
The fifth best placed rider in 2015, Iannone lapped the track between 60 and 70 times and despite a fall at the final corner when he admitted to “attacking it wrong,” he feels Ducati is improving its set-up “step by step.”
“It's the first time I try a different setting that work with the Michelin. I'm really happy because the bike improve step by step. Also the feel with this tyre improves too.
“From Valencia I have a really good feeling with this tyre and I confirm in this track that the feel is really good. I'm ok. In the last exit I improved my lap time but I didn't use a new tyre. Today I only used one set of new tyres. At this moment the lap isn't important.
“My run is I think eight or ten laps [at a time]. It's important in this moment because I want to understand how these tyres work with these electronics. It's a little bit difficult so today I focused on the used tyre. I want to manage the new situation.
“In Valencia I think there was a bit more grip in the rear but it's a different track with different asphalt and for sure I think it's impossible to have the same feel in every track. But I'm happy, we've done really good work. It's Michelin's first time here since nine years out. Bridgestone's level was really high but already the level [of Michelin] is not so bad. This is important.”
Iannone spent the day adjusting an evolution of the GP15's chassis along with his riding style to adapt to the demands of the new electronics and tyres. His final time of 1m 39.6s – set on used tyres - was 0.1s faster than team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.
“The feel with the front is really good,” continued the 26-year old. “The riding style is completely different to Bridgestone. Again this morning I focused on improving my style with this tyre. On this day I understood it better. The bike improve also and the tyre is not so bad. It's a positive day for us.
“We only tried the set up [of the electronics]. It wasn't a big step. But today my priority was working on the chassis because in Valencia I never did this. It's really important that you understand the way of this tyre.”