MotoGP »

Sepang Testing: ‘Great support’, ‘strong motivation’ behind Iannone speed

Andrea Iannone feels improvements with electronics and riding style allowed him to set the fastest testing time on Tuesday.
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.”

Tagged as: Iannone , Viñales

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Iannone, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2017
Iannone, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Iannone, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Iannone, Dovizioso Dutch MotoGP 2017
Iannone, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Iannone, Vinales Dutch MotoGP 2017
Pedrosa, Iannone Dutch MotoGP race 2017
Redding, Iannone, Dovizioso Dutch MotoGP 2017
Redding, Iannone Dutch MotoGP 2017
IAnnone, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Iannone, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Iannone, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Iannone, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Iannone, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Iannone, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Iannone, Brivio, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Iannone, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Iannone, Dutch MotoGP 2017

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


January 31, 2017 1:12 PM

Iannone will be there, he will most likely secure top 5 positions every weekend. I know it's not his style or personality and he has no intentions on changing but it's the realising that he doesn't have to lead at every single corner that will unlock his full championship potential.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.