Andrea Iannone is excited to get his hands on the Ducati GP15 at the second Sepang test after finishing this opening week in third place. The Italian squad have been running a developmental machine, named the GP14.3, and Iannone took it to a 1:59.388 leaving him as the best of the rest behind Repsol Honda pair Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.
Iannone took particular encouragement from Ducati’s rate of improvement and is keeping his fingers crossed that it will translate into a competitive GP15 machine.
“I am very happy because I return home after a really positive test. We constantly improved from the first day until this evening. This afternoon we also worked with the second bike and we tried some different settings to try and understand if the modifications were going in the right direction. We also did several tests with the electronics, seeing as we had an evolution version of the software for the GP14.3. There has been a lot of work over the last three days, and I’m also happy with my new team: the guys have done a great job. Now I’m really anxious to try the new GP15 at Sepang 2 but in any case I’m happy with the way we have improved in the last few months.”
After creating headlines of his own during the first two days, Andrea Dovizioso faded on Friday to seventh place but that didn’t take away from the team’s feel-good factor.
“I am very satisfied with these three days’ testing because our aim was to improve the chassis and the electronics even more, as well as doing some comparative tests that will be useful for the new bike”, added Dovizioso. “We were quick throughout the three days, and this is always very important, and I also managed to get under the two-minute mark, which was one of my aims on this beautiful track. The only negative aspect is that this morning I didn’t manage to do a perfect lap with the only soft tyre I had available, but the rest of the work we did was very good: yesterday we even did a 15-lap long run, setting some interesting and constant times. I go back to Italy very satisfied and very curious to see and test the new GP15.”