Andrea Iannone put Suzuki on top of the timesheets during the first day of MotoGP testing at the private Jerez test.

Riding alongside the leading World Superbike teams, plus some BSB competitors, Iannone finished the day just 0.057s quicker than LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow.

"I'm very happy about today," said the Italian, speaking in the paddock on Wednesday evening. " First of all, I think we worked in a good direction and we improved a little bit in some areas.

"I'm also happy because I improved on my lap time from the race here and the pace today was good. This is very interesting.

"Now it is important we continue like this and recover the gap to the top riders. But in any case, today we finished on top and this is a very good result."

Iannone was the only Suzuki race rider on track with the other GSX-RR present in the hands of test rider Sylvain Guintoli. Team-mate Alex Rins is expected to ride tomorrow - when Iannone might try a new engine, while trying to maintain his pace with used tyres.

"For sure we have some areas we need to improve – on the braking point, on the acceleration point. Also it's important for us to maintain a constant performance with the bike," Iannone explained.

"At the moment I think we lose too much between new and used tyres. I want to lose less with used tyres and we are working on this.

"For sure a three-day test, especially at Jerez, is hard work but it's good for us because we have a lot to do. These three days will be interesting and we want to get the maximum from this test."

Testing at Jerez continues on Thursday and Friday.

All manufacturers except Yamaha (who have chosen Sepang) are present for their final chance to gather data with race riders before the winter test ban starts on December 1.


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