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Qatar MotoGP Test: 'Step by step' approach paying off for Iannone

Ducati's Andrea Iannone improves his lap time significantly from Wednesday to end day two of Qatar MotoGP night test second quickest behind Maverick Vinales.
Andrea Iannone says a step by step approach is paying dividends as the Italian rider finished second fastest on the second day of the Qatar MotoGP test.

Iannone made a big improvement on the factory Desmosedici GP15, lapping in 1m 55.508s to slot into second position on the time sheets, only 0.072s behind Maverick Vinales (Suzuki).

“I improved a lot from yesterday, but we didn't change a lot on the bike. Step by step, [we made] a little step and in the laps it is a really big step,” Iannone said.

“This is important because before I arrive in Doha, we worked in Australia in a different way, so I have a new bike and the step on the bike is more big.

“When you go on the track always with a different bike, a different setting, the feeling does not improve. With this first test, the first approach is that we want to improve step by step with a little change and I think at the moment this is a really good way for us and I'm really happy,” he added.

“But on the bike we did not change a lot but the feel with the bike, the new tyres and electronics improve; we improve my exit and this is really good.

“It is a really strange situation [with the tyres]. I don't have a really good memory from the last test but I have a really good feel from this test and we hope to continue this way.”

Iannone had two different chassis to choose from but has opted to use the remainder of his time at the test to improve on aspects of the bike that aren't as time consuming.

“Yesterday I have a completely different chassis, but we don't understand which is better. Today, we did not continue this work because it is really long work,” he said.

“When you focus on two different bikes at the last test before the first race and the difference is a lot, I think it is better to spend the time in a really good way. I think in a good way at the moment is to focus on the bike.”

It was pointed out that Iannone's Ducati was equipped with only two winglets located higher up on the fairing, with the lower two wings absent from his GP15 on Thursday.

However, he brushed off the significance of the much talked about aerodynamic features, saying: “I think everybody thinks the winglets is a big step but for us it is normal and it does not change a lot the bike: the bike is possible to use always without these.”

Iannone missed the chance to complete a simulation after encountering a problem with his machine towards the end of the test, explaining: “In the last part of the test, unfortunately I have a little problem with the bike and I stopped on the track and I come back without the bike.”


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