In the wake of setting the fastest time on Tuesday, Andrea Iannone lauded Suzuki's engineers for their work on the GSX-RR's electronics set-up over the winter months, and spoke of the “great support” and “strong motivation” in his garage.
From the evidence provided at Valencia and Sepang, it appears that Suzuki's great hopes did not disappear with Maverick Viñales' move to Yamaha, as Iannone has been competitive throughout. Fifth on day one in Malaysia, the Italian was a full 0.4s faster than the second best man on Tuesday.
Iannone has focussed on adjusting his own riding style to the machine's sweet handling chassis during these two days, while searching for a set-up that will maximise his own strengths with the GSX-RR.
“We work a lot today and also yesterday,” said the Italian. “Yesterday we focussed on deciding the new path and what is better or worse. Today we kept the best package and worked on the bike to adjust a little bit my style. I think we improve a lot with small changes.
“I'm very happy because I have great support in the garage and this is very important. All the people in the garage have a strong motivation. At the moment everything is easy and very good. I hope we continue this way, with this calm and this method.”
On areas of the machine that are to his liking, Iannone specified the chassis, along with the work on the bike's electronics conducted in Valencia, a private test in Jerez, and over the winter months, which have improved the package.
“I like everything, especially the chassis,” he continued. “It has a great chassis. I think there are some parts that have a good potential to improve, especially a little bit the electronics. But from Valencia we keep [going].
“I push a lot in Valencia and in Jerez we focussed only in this part, in the electronics. I push a lot with the Japanese and during the winter they worked very well, very strong in this area. It improved for sure. I think it's very important to improve a little bit more.
“Now I understand the way and it's important to continue and develop in this way. Also the bike change a little bit from last year. Not a lot but a little. Today I adjust a bit better the bike to my style and for this today we stayed at the top.”
On whether he plans to conduct a race simulation on the third and final day of testing at Sepang, the 27-year old added, “For sure we have this on the programme in the last part of the day. The priority is to continue to adapt the bike to my style and me to the bike.”