Friday pacesetter Andrea Iannone gave a glowing report of his performance on day one at Mugello on the factory Ducati.
Iannone, who sealed his first MotoGP pole at the legendary Italian circuit last season, knocked Jorge Lorenzo off the summit in FP2, setting a time of 1m 47.696s to surge clear by nearly half-a-second on the GP16.
The 26-year-old, who will move to Suzuki in 2017 after Ducati's decision to put their faith in Andrea Dovizioso instead, said: “It's a very good Friday and I'm very happy. We are in Italy and this is an amazing place for us, for me and Ducati.
“I'm very happy and I love this track. Also, the feeling today from the beginning is very, very good. This morning, the track was 50/50 and we tried the intermediate tyres and I think it is a very good rear, because the feeling also with the intermediate front is very good,” added Iannone.
“The most important is this afternoon and we improved with the second bike and we were very good for pace.”
Asked for his thoughts on what to expect from the Suzuki GSX-RR next season, Iannone said he preferred to concentrate solely on his home race this weekend.
“Now it is Mugello 2016 and this is very important for me and I will push 100 per-cent in this season. I have the Ducati bike and for me it is very good at the moment and it's very difficult to think about Suzuki and the next year,” he said.
“I think it's a good bike because when I look at the rider and the style on the television I think it has a good agility, but I don't ride and for sure, now I don't think about this and my priority is for this moment.”
Iannone also feels the top-speed advantage of the Ducati is not such a key factor at Mugello this year, pointing out that he is having problems getting the power down onto the main straight.
“I think we have less advantage than in the past because at the moment we have a lot of slide at the last part of the corner, so this is a problem for acceleration, especially at the last corner before the big straight,” he said.
“For sure, the other bikes gain on the first part of acceleration but we close the gap in the last part of the straight.
“In the past, we overtake the rider and it's very easy for us, but at the moment I think the bike improves a lot in the corner and in agility, so this is I think better compared to the past,” added Iannone, who said he hasn't had to alter his lines too much on the Michelin tyres compared to last year's Bridgestones.
“The tyres have very good grip and I have a very good feeling – this is very important. In Le Mans, also have a special feeling with the front tyre, with the braking point – everything is fantastic – but unfortunately in the race I go down and everything is different,” he said.
“But today, the front tyre is very good and the line is very similar compared to the old tyres.”