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Iannone places set-up progress ahead of lap time on final day

Andrea Iannone wasn't overly enamoured with placing tenth in the second preseason test of 2016 at Phillip Island, content with set-up progress.
Andrea Iannone was content with the work he completed on Ducati's 2016 MotoGP machine at Phillip Island but felt a little disappointed with his final time, that was only good enough for tenth place on the overall time sheets.

The Italian, who arguably produced his finest performance in the MotoGP class around the Australian track during a thrilling four-way battle in the 2015 race, felt he made progress with the base setting of Ducati's new machine.

Although unable to put more than three consecutive laps in the 1m 30s bracket together on the final day while complaining of a lack of rear traction, Iannone was satisfied to gain more of an understanding of the machine he will race for the first time in Qatar.

“Today I continue the work on the GP16,” began the 26-year old. “We continued the work on the setting, and try a different solution. So improve a little bit the feeling with the bike. I'm happy for this and for the work, but for sure I'm not really happy with the result. But OK, is really important to understand the way for the new bike and for the best compromise.

“Is really difficult in this moment, because we focus a lot on the work on the bike, and not focus on the lap time, on the last setting. I think in Qatar is a really important test, because is the last test before the first race, and for sure I hope from the beginning for us is a little bit easy. But for sure we try the best for this, and try the best to improve the bike.”

On the final day of the three-day test, Iannone stated that he was relieved the transmission issues that held him back in Sepang were mostly remedied and had turned his attention to improving the chassis of the bike.

“I'm happy, not focus a lot on the electronics, because the priority at the moment is to understand better the chassis, and the way for improve the feeling with the bike and everything. But so I'm really positive because we have a really good group, a really good team, and at the moment I have a good tranquility.”

As 13 riders fell on Friday, Iannone was one man who didn't encounter any specific problems, and felt Michelin's front tyre 'improved another step'.

“[The tyres were] Not so bad. Improve test by test, and especially in the last test in Sepang, so Michelin have a different compound in the front, and this tire improve another step. So this is really important. I think Michelin work really well in this tyre.”

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February 20, 2016 12:54 PM

I expect Ducatis to do better at Philip Island then other circuits, because the track flows and the straight is long and fast. It should play to the bike's strengths. I'm still mystified as to why the factory Ducatis both seemed to have difficulties. Still early days though.

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