5th row for Pramac Racing Team in Mugello

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Once again, Iannone was limited by a lack of grip.

Less than a tenth of a second separated Andrea Iannone from advancing into the Q2 session during qualifying for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix.

Andrea Iannone, Pramac Racing Team
Andrea Iannone, Pramac Racing Team

Photo by: Hazrin Yeob Men Shah

The Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team rider completed the third free-practice session with a time of 1:49.135 and 11th place, putting him in the Q1 session. He’ll start tomorrow’s race from the fifth row of the starting grid.

Once again, Iannone was limited by a lack of grip, which he and the team tried to correct with a different setting from the one used in yesterday's session. However, the results were still not up to par. There are still many unknowns for tomorrow’s race, but the hope is that further changes to be tried in the morning warm-up will enable the Italian to recuperate the few tenths of a second needed to have a good race.

Andrea Iannone: “I had quite a hard time today and I definitely thought I'd be faster on this track with all the information. However, we have a different rear tyre now, and the motorcycle and the electronics are also a bit different, but perhaps it isn't just that.

Dovizioso rode really fast, so I think there’s some margin for me to do better if we could just understand where we need to make changes. I tried a different setting that I’ll reconsider tomorrow during the warm-up because I wasn't able to do the pace that I wanted.

In any case, from now until tomorrow there's still time to understand what and where we can improve, what I may be doing wrong, and how much instead depends on the bike.

Physically I'm fine, the only thing is I might be short of breath because since the fall in Jerez I could only resume training last week. Tomorrow I'd like to regain the 3 - 4 tenths I need, and I'm going to do my best to get off to a good start and have a good race.

Pramac Racing

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Series MOTOGP
Article type Qualifying report
Tags dovizioso, ducati, iannone, motogp, mugello, pramac