Andrea Iannone has declared himself happy with the level Pramac Ducati have reached after the second pre-season test at Malaysia came to a finish. The Italian rookie was eleventh fastest at the end of the week, two seconds off pacesetter Dani Pedrosa and is now setting his sights on the factory Ducati riders when the final test kicks off at Jerez.
“My apprenticeship continues, I am more constant and the feeling with the bike is improving day by day, nevertheless I have not tried the race simulation because we’re still working on finding the best set-up. We have a lot to work on but I am very pleased with what has been achieved so far and what I could try. We’ll certainly get to Jerez with more data to be developed. My goal right now is to get closer to Ducati’s Top Team riders.”
Teammate Ben Spies endured another week dogged by injury as his recovering shoulder continued to cause discomfort but the American felt the test was successful all-in-all.
“I am not yet at full condition but considering the situation of three weeks ago I am satisfied with what has been done in this second phase of the winter tests. I could not ride the last hour of the day because of a small problem with the fork, but I have some more specific ideas about what changes should be made. I rode consistently focusing on the reactions of the bike in a variety of settings.”