Ducati's Andrea Iannone has moved on from his emotional victory in Austria as the Italian rider refocuses on closing out the season in the strongest possible way for the factory team.
Iannone became Ducati's first MotoGP winner since Casey Stoner in 2010 when he led home a famous one-two ahead of team-mate Andrea Dovizioso at the Red Bull Ring to earn his maiden MotoGP success.
The 27-year-old, who will switch to Suzuki in 2017, is aware of the heightened expectations this weekend at Brno in the Czech Republic following his breakthrough win, but Iannone is keeping his feet planted firmly on the ground.
“It was a very incredible weekend for us and an incredible victory to come back after six years with a victory for Ducati – it was fantastic,” he said.
“Now, it's very important to have a strong focus for the second part of the championship because we have very strong riders, Marc, Vale and Jorge and also Dovi is very strong and will push for sure at 100 per-cent for this last part of the season. But I want to close in the best possible way with Ducati this season.”
On his prospects of challenging for another victory on Sunday, he added: “I hope yes but I don't know. Always I think positive but it is a very difficult track but I like it a lot and I think it is very good for the Ducati bike. I have a very strong acceleration but also the speed inside the corner is very important.
“Yamaha and Honda have shown a very good potential at this track in the past and I think it is not so easy for us, but for sure we will try our best.”
The progress made with the Desmosedici in 2016 has been more evident at some circuits this season than others and Iannone says there is still some way to go before the GP16 is on a par with the factory Yamaha and Honda machines.
“For me and my team, we always work very well and work for the maximum result but it is not so easy because we don't have a very good constant from the very first race,” he said.
“In Qatar we were very fast and also in Argentina, but in Austin a little bit less, but in Jerez it is very difficult, so in some races we are very fast but in others less. I think Yamaha and Honda at the moment have a little bit better constant.
“But always we will try the best and also in this race. We are very strong in the acceleration point but also in the corner I think in this moment Yamaha are very fast.”