Andrea Iannone made an impressive start to his Suzuki MotoGP career, despite a fast fall on his GSX-RR debut at Tuesday's Valencia test.

The former factory Ducati rider and 2016 winner was quick from his first laps and, although he eventually finished seventh after the fall, was only 0.235s from ex-Suzuki rider and new Yamaha signing Maverick Vinales.

"I am very happy because we work without pressure, without stress, to understand the situation and at the moment everything is okay," began Iannone, who was being very careful to avoid any comparisons with the Desmosedici.

"The guys inside the garage are fantastic and this is very important. The feeling generally is good, also with the bike. We remain focussed for tomorrow. We will try to change a little bit more parts on the bike, but only for experience, to understand the different aspects.

"It was unfortunate about the crash, but here it is especially dangerous in the right hand corners when the temperature goes down. I came back after the crash and everything was ok. We will try to continue this work and improve a bit tomorrow."

Can you improve the lap time much?

"I think we have a good chance to improve the lap time. I didn't use new tyres today, only used tyres. Also I didn't use the soft," Iannone replied.

Rookie team-mate Alex Rins was 21st fastest, 1.881s from Vinales.

By Peter McLaren


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