Ecstar Suzuki's Andrea Iannone put his GSX-RR on to the front row of the grid for the opening round of the MotoGP World Championship in Qatar but expects Maverick Vinales and Marc Marquez to take all the beating at Losail.

Iannone will line up in second place for his Suzuki race bow on Sunday based on the combined times from free practice after qualifying was scrapped due to heavy rain at the Losail International Circuit.

He has hailed the importance of starting from the front row but admits that he has some way to go to match the race pace of pole man Vinales on the factory Yamaha and Marquez, who was third fastest on the Repsol Honda.

"For us it is very important to start from the first row but honestly it is very difficult for us because we don't know very well the situation because everything is possible during the race," said Iannone.

"Maverick and also Marc have a very strong pace from the test; for us it is about trying to recover and close to both riders and for sure we will try the best tomorrow during the first laps and during the race. It is very important, the practice before the race, because we want the best information to try to improve."

Iannone had no qualms over the decision to cancel qualifying and said safety must always come first.

"Today first of all I think it is very dangerous for us to go out on the track but this is the situation and for everybody it is the same. The most important thing is tomorrow and to prepare for the race," he said.

Asked if racing could go ahead in the wet under the floodlights at Losail, Iannone said it was impossible to make decision until the riders experience the conditions for themselves.

"Before we try these conditions with a MotoGP bike it is very difficult to say, if it's possible, or not. I think when we have full wet conditions, we go on the track and try and check the situation."



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